Parkinson's UK

Scottish Executive Question Time — Health and Wellbeing – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:15 pm on 2nd December 2010.

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Photo of Margaret Mitchell Margaret Mitchell Conservative 2:15 pm, 2nd December 2010

To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with Parkinson's UK. (S3O-12152)

Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

We met the Scottish branch of Parkinson's UK on 1 September 2008 and on 15 May 2009. We discussed preparations for the world Parkinson's congress, which was held in Glasgow this September, at which the chief medical officer delivered the opening address. We also discussed the organisation's get it on time campaign and specialist services for people living with Parkinson's.

The Scottish Government is committed to helping people to live well with long-term conditions such as Parkinson's. Parkinson's UK in Scotland was fully involved in developing the clinical standards for the condition and the Scottish intercollegiate guidelines network guideline 113 on Parkinson's.

Photo of Margaret Mitchell Margaret Mitchell Conservative

I thank the minister for that comprehensive answer. She is obviously aware of the Parkinson's UK get it on time campaign in Scotland. Can she confirm that she recognises the benefits of ensuring that hospitalised Parkinson's sufferers receive their medicine on time, both on medical and compassionate grounds and in terms of the economic benefits of ensuring that the strict timing of medicine is adhered to, thereby preventing more serious medical problems from developing? More important, if so, what steps has she taken to ensure that national health service boards in central Scotland and elsewhere are complying with their equality duties and are equality impact assessing the spending decisions that are associated with the issue?

Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

I acknowledge what Margaret Mitchell says about the get it on time campaign. The issue has been discussed on a number of occasions in the chamber. It is an important issue, and we have made sure that NHS boards are aware of their responsibility to ensure that the right practice is happening on the wards.

As Margaret Mitchell outlined, it is very important that those who work on the front line understand that and that patients get their medication on time, as they should do. We will continue to make sure that boards continue to deliver that service, and I am happy to keep Margaret Mitchell abreast of any developments on that front.