Eastwood MSP Jackson Carlaw has welcomed the efforts being made by Crohn’s and Colitis UK to raise awareness of both conditions in Scotland after he met with representatives of the organisation at the Scottish Parliament.
Today, more than 26,000 people in Scotland are affected by the conditions and rates of diagnosis have increased markedly among children over recent decades.
Scotland has the highest incidence of Crohn’s and Colitis in the UK.
Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis – the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) are lifelong stomach conditions, which are painful, debilitating and largely misunderstood.
Scottish Conservatives support practical steps so that individuals who have been diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease have better support including ensuring that children and teenagers with Crohn’s and Colitis have access to age appropriate services; the promotion of more effective e-health technologies to provide rapid access to services for people living with the conditions; and for Scottish health boards to designate Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis as priority conditions.
Eastwood MSP, Jackson Carlaw said:
“Chron’s and Colitis UK undertake very important work to raise awareness of the conditions and it was informative speaking to representatives from the organisation at the Scottish Parliament.
“A significant number of people living in Scotland have been diagnosed with Chron’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis and more can be done to support individuals who are living with both conditions.
“Scottish Conservatives are in favour of practical measures to provide better support for patients such as ensuring that all young people with Chron’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are able to access age appropriate services and for health boards to place greater weight on the importance given to both conditions.”