Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has used a Members’ Business debate in parliament today to highlight the need to improve the services available for people with Parkinson’s in Orkney.
There are estimated to be over 60 people living with Parkinson’s in Orkney. However, with no local specialist support available, these affected have to rely on services provided by NHS Grampian.
Commenting after the debate, Mr McArthur said:
“The lack of any locally-based specialist support for those with Parkinson’s in Orkney is a concern, particularly as NHS Grampian is already struggling to meet demand. With the number of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s set to increase by 40% over the next two decades, this situation is only likely to get much worse unless steps are taken now to improve and expand services.
“I welcome the steps being taken by Parkinson’s UK to consult the local Parkinson’s community in Orkney about the changes they want to see. As well as a specialist nurse to work alongside other health professionals, there is a clear desire for tailored exercise classes and ‘drop in’ sessions.
“Parkinson’s UK tell me that positive discussions have been held with NHS Orkney about what a new model of care might look like in future. I strongly support that work and hope that agreement can be reached in the coming months.
“It is clear, however, that the current level of service in Orkney falls far short of what should be expected, despite the very best efforts of those involved.”