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There have been a number of epilepsy debates in recent years. These have included a call to improve epilepsy services to tackle misdiagnosis, asking that Scotland adopt national epilepsy healthcare standards, demanding an increase in the number of epilepsy specialist nurses, requesting student teachers have epilepsy awareness as part of the training syllabus, and highlighting the exemplary Glasgow Epilepsy Genetics Service. Often, following a debate, new policies are developed that better serve the needs of people with epilepsy.
Click here to find out the latest questions and motions on epilepsy in the Scottish Parliament.
On 24 May 2012, Members of the Scottish Parliament debated the Glasgow Epilepsy Genetics Service and the need for more specialist nurses. Here are the minutes of the debate.
The following motion was lodged by Richard Simpson MSP in the Parliament on 13 March 2013:
That the Parliament acknowledges International Purple Day on 26 March 2013, a designated day for raising epilepsy awareness; understands that epilepsy affects over 54,000 people in Scotland and 50 million people worldwide; draws attention to a major health concern as increasing numbers of older people are expected to develop epilepsy and require access to joint health and social care services; considers that members of the public do not know what common seizures look like or how to respond with appropriate first aid; calls on the Scottish Government to invest in a nationwide epilepsy awareness campaign to address this; commends members of the Scottish Youth Parliament for their summer 2013 launch of a schools first aid campaign and helping to stamp out stigma associated with epilepsy; applauds those workplaces, schools and people taking part in fun Purple Day activities; calls on political and civic leaders to support training and initiatives, such as Epilepsy Scotland’s Employer of the Year award, that help people understand more about this common serious neurological condition, and asks that MSPs and parliamentary staff wear something purple on 26 March to join in the collective awareness-raising work by the Epilepsy Consortium Scotland and all the individuals, families, carers and related professionals whom they represent.
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