03.02.12: ME naar het Schotse Parlement


Mary Fee, parlementslid namens de Schotse Labour-afdeling, gaat zich inspannen de aandacht te vestigen op ME, onder meer door een ronde tafel-gesprek in het Schotse parlement.


Raising Awareness of M.E in Scotland


February 3, 2012


Mary Fee MSP aims to raise awareness of M.E. in the Scottish Parliament, and to force the Scottish Government to address the severe challenges sufferers face in their daily lives.

 As convener of the Cross-Party Group on M.E., Mary Fee MSP aims to raise awareness of the issues that sufferers of M.E. face every day, such as lack of support or recognition from health professionals, and misunderstanding and stigma in the media and the general public

At its latest meeting the Cross-Party Group set up six working groups that will look at areas involving education and training of health professionals, education of children and young people, needs assessments, research and support

In May this year, Mary Fee will host an event in the Scottish Parliament, with Action for M.E, M.E. Research UK, the M.E. Association, the 25% Group and several local M.E. groups, to further raise awareness among MSPs of all parties during M.E. Awareness Week 2012

As part of the recent Scottish Labour Party Cabinet reshuffle, Mary was promoted to Convener of the Equal Opportunities Committee and hopes that this will provide an excellent opportunity to address issues of equality that sufferers of M.E. face in Scotland. Mary also expects the Scottish Government to listen to the needs of those who suffer needlessly, by increasing support for M.E. sufferers.

Speaking from the West Scotland MSP Office in Paisley, Mary added –

“The needs of M.E. sufferers are often overlooked as there is little in the way of understanding what M.E. is and how it affects the everyday lives of those who live with it. What is needed is a greater effort to raise awareness of the illness and I hope that over the next year the Cross-Party Group can push for changes that will improve the support and knowledge of M.E


Working with all the M.E. groups involved I am sure that the Scottish Government will listen and start to address the issues that face those who are stigmatised or ignored due to the lack of understanding of M.E.”