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LOCHHEAD QUESTIONS HEALTH MINISTER ON MORAY’S CHRONIC PAIN SERVICES

06/04/2017  

Moray’s MSP Richard Lochhead today raised the issue of chronic pain services at Dr Gray’s at the Scottish Parliament’s Health Question Time.

Mr Lochhead raised concerns that whilst the pain clinic has been reinstated patients still have to travel to Aberdeen to receive some treatment, including pain reducing injections.  Given the nature of chronic pain, many patients simply find that journey from Moray too difficult.

Speaking afterwards Richard Lochhead said:

“Most of us cannot begin to imagine what it is like to suffer from chronic pain and to be faced with lengthy journeys to receive treatment.  That’s why it is so important for chronic pain patients in Moray that NHS Grampian provides as many services as possible from the recently reinstated pain clinic at Dr Gray’s.

“The assurances given by the Public Health Minister that the Scottish Government will do all they can to support NHS Grampian as they continue to work to improve pain services is welcome.

“The efforts of Chris Bridgeford and Affa Sair in keeping the issue of chronic pain and services for chronic pain patients at the forefront of everyone’s minds is absolutely to be commended.  

“I’m pleased that the Scottish Government has committed to engaging with them going forward, as it clearly essential that patients can share their experiences with those who shape our health services so that improvements can be made.”

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