Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has praised the work of Marie Curie staff and volunteers after attending the charity’s Blooming Great Garden Party in Holyrood Park yesterday.
Speaking to some of the volunteers and staff who attended the event, Mr McArthur heard first-hand how Marie Curie last year provided care and support for more than 8,000 people living with a terminal illness in Scotland. In particular, Mr McArthur discussed the development of the service in Orkney over recent years and plans to do the same in Shetland going forward.
Commenting after the event, Mr McArthur said:
“It was a pleasure once again to meet staff and volunteers from Marie Curie, who do so much to support people living with a terminal illness as well as their loved ones. The development of the service in Orkney over recent years has been hugely successful, with feedback from patients and family members making clear what a difference this support makes.
“Given the experience with Marie Curie in Orkney, I was encouraged to hear about the steps being taken in Shetland to follow suit. I am in no doubt that this further roll out of the service in the Northern Isles can be equally successful.
“Everyone deserves the opportunity for comfort and dignity at the end of life. With people living longer and with more complex conditions, the demand for the palliative and end of life care that Marie Curie provides is likely to grow. We must ensure, therefore, that there is the capacity to allow anyone who needs the support of Marie Curie to be able to access it.”