Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



Richard Lochhead MSP this week met with representatives from local neurology support groups to discuss concerns over services available to Moray patients.

Mr Lochhead met with the MS Society Moray Group, Huntington’s Association Moray Branch, and Elgin and District Parkinson’s Group, to hear about their experiences and to discuss how they can work together to ensure patients in Moray have access to the services they need.

Commenting Moray’s MSP said:

“I was pleased to meet with representatives of these groups to discuss services for people in Moray living with a neurological condition.

“Our meeting was the first time the different support groups had come together to raise their concerns and to share their experiences, and although they support people with different conditions it was clear that the support they’re looking for is similar.

“Concerns were raised about the need for people in Moray with a neurological condition to have to travel to Aberdeen for many of their appointments and there’s a real demand for more support and care to be delivered locally for those living with conditions such as MS, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s. This is something I’ll be pursuing with NHS Grampian as I know there were discussions a few years back about how to improve neurology services in Moray and I’m keen to understand where this work has got to.

“I recognise how challenging life can be for patients living with these conditions and for family and friends who provide a great deal of support to their loved ones. We need to ensure that Moray has adequate services, such as nursing care, consultant clinics, and respite, in order to meet local needs.

“I’ve committed to working with these groups to take forward their concerns and to support their calls for improved services for patients in Moray, and would be pleased to hear from constituents who have experience of these services so we can make a strong case to NHS Grampian.”