McArthur raises Orkney Long Covid concerns


Orkney's MSP, Liam McArthur, has called for greater support for those suffering the long-term effects of Covid-19.

The calls come on the back of concerns raised shared by constituents in Orkney and ahead of a debate in the Scottish Parliament on Long Covid as a Condition of Concern later today.

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, Alex Cole-Hamilton, will lead the first parliamentary debate at Holyrood on Long Covid as new figures published this week show the number of people reporting experiencing the condition has soared to 92,000, up by 13,000 on the previous month.  

In June, Orkney's MSP invited constituents in Orkney suffering from Long Covid to share their experience in order to build a better understating of local demand.

Commenting, Mr McArthur said:

"Over the past few months, I have been contacted by a number of constituents suffering from Long Covid.

"It is clear from those discussions that each experience is very specific to the individual, although the impact more often than not is hugely debilitating.

"A lack of early identification or the opportunity to get tested are common features of the accounts that have been relayed to me. Likewise, most appear to have suffered from joint pains, acute tiredness and bad headaches.

"However, the truth is that more needs to be understood about the effects of Long Covid. I am delighted, therefore, that my colleague Alex Cole-Hamilton has brought this debate to parliament, the first of its kind at Holyrood.

"We need to see more specialist support available in each local health board area, including in the islands. There needs to be recognition too of the impact Long Covid can have on an individual’s ability to work or study, and appropriate support provided.

"Hopefully we will see effective treatments or combinations of treatments emerge over the coming months. At this point, however, it is important to send out a clear message to those in Orkney and elsewhere suffering from Long Covid that they are being heard."


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