Orkney MSP Liam McArthur used a debate in Parliament this week as part of MS Awareness Week (24-30 April) to raise the importance of the work done by MS specialist nurses.
Speaking during a debate this week, Mr McArthur reminded MSP colleagues that Orkney has the highest incidence of MS not just in Scotland but anywhere in the world. He said the research showed the “incidence of MS in Orkney was found to have doubled since the 1980s.”
During the debate, Mr McArthur paid tribute to Orkney's MS nurse. He said:
“In Orkney, we are fortunate to have Moira Flett who plays an invaluable and wide-ranging role that involves initiating and monitoring treatment for people with relapsing forms of MS, providing information and support while also co-ordinating care. I know this is hugely appreciated by sufferers of MS in the islands.
"There are concerns about access for MS sufferers to opportunities for exercise and physical activity. This is something I look forward to helping Moira Flett and the local MS group resolve.
Mr McArthur also recognised the contribution made by another constituent. He said:
“I also want to pay tribute to Angela Monteith who was an MS sufferer and recently passed away. She was a stalwart in raising money for and awareness about MS, and she never missed an opportunity to brief me on the latest issues affecting MS sufferers in Orkney. Angela is greatly missed.”
Over 11,000 people in Scotland, and almost 100 people in Orkney, live with MS which can be unpredictable and can affect how a person thinks, feels and moves. For more information on the work of the MS Society, please visit www.mssociety.org.uk