Higher profile of MND leads to investment in more nursing staff

Nicola Sturgeon with MND campaigner Gordon Aikman

The number of specialists nursing staff working for patients who suffer from Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is to double in Scotland.

Moray’s MSP Richard Lochhead has welcomed a move announced this week by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, pointing to the high profile given to MND in Moray and throughout the world when millions took part in the online ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ last year.

Ms Sturgeon has announced that an additional £2.5million is to be invested in specialist nursing and care – with the first allocation of £700,000 going towards care and support for those with MND.

Mr Lochhead said: “I am delighted at the announcement that NHS nurses working with MND patients are set to double.

“This will transform lives across Scotland – ensuring that people with MND receive the specialist nursing care they need – and will make a significant difference. It is a landmark decision that recognises the vital role that specialist nurses play in patient care.

“MND has had a particularly high profile in the last year with the ‘Ice-bucket challenge’. It is a hugely debilitating and this additional support will make a big difference to those suffering from this very challenging illness.”

As a result of the investment the number of specialist MND nurses will increase from seven to 14, providing a greater level of support to people with the condition.
The Scottish Government says they will be engaging with patient groups through a short review of specialist nursing provision to determine where the remaining funding will be best targeted.

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