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Lorraine Creech, Mesothelioma UK CNS Team Leader watched the debate on mesothelioma in the Scottish Parliament

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 This is how Lorraine saw it…

“It was encouraging to attend The Scottish Parliament on 20 December when Kezia Dugdale, Labour Minister for Lothian raised the motion to tackle mesothelioma in Scotland. Cross parliamentary members delivered powerful, supportive evidence on the need to raise public awareness and improve GP education, champion the huband spoke model of a Scottish National Mesothelioma Centre, and increase the number of Mesothelioma Specialist Nurses in Scotland.

“Throughout the speeches, references were made to Julie Roberts and her family who experienced the deaths of both her father and uncle within a six week period in 2015. Julie has become a strong advocate and campaigner for the improvement of diagnosis and care of people with mesothelioma. Reference was also made to Mesothelioma UK and its five-year strategy: ‘Dedicated to Making Mesothelioma Matter’ and this was commended. 

“Within Scotland there is much to be done to improve services and research but with the ongoing work of cross parliamentary members, support groups, campaigners, trade unions and charities it is hoped that achievements can be made. Let us hope that this is only the beginning!”