Four weeks ago, we expressed our disappointment and concern that people with MND were not being included on the UK government’s shielding list for those who are ‘extremely vulnerable’.
This means that people with MND will not be prioritised for supermarket delivery slots, or for emergency food and medicine parcels. This is at a time when people with MND are doing everything they can to protect themselves and their loved ones against Covid-19, including strict self-isolation measures.
Northern Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer has since deviated from the UK guidance, to include all people with MND on the shielding list.
It’s time for the Scottish Government to shield people with MND from the risks of Covid-19.
We’ve written to Jeanne Freeman, the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, to call on her and the Scottish Government to define people living with MND as being 'extremely vulnerable' as a matter of urgency, so they can be added to the 'shielding' list. This will ensure that people living with MND in Scotland have access to vital support.
Now, more than ever, people with MND need support. Help us spread the word that people with MND are being left without adequate support and help us encourage the Scottish Government to take action now.
For people with MND:
If you're struggling during this crisis due to a lack of support, please get in touch with us at email@example.com or call us on 0141 332 3903.
Colin Jones | Aberdeenshire