M.E. debate scheduled to take place in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday (May 11) | 5 May 2017

May 5, 2017


This motion will be discussed in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday, May 11 – immediately after Questions to the First Minister. It is scheduled for 15 minutes of discussion beginning at 12.45pm.

Motion S5M-05038: Gail Ross, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/04/2017

12 May, International ME Day

That the Parliament acknowledges that 12 May 2017 marks the international awareness day for myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), which is commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome; understands that ME is often labelled as a “silent” illness but can bring great mental and physical exhaustion to those living with it; believes that over 20,000 adults and children in Scotland have the condition and that the effects include cognitive impairment, poor short-term memory, muscle and joint pain, gastrointestinal problems and food intolerance; commends the work of the various charities across Scotland and beyond in highlighting the circumstances faced by people with ME, and commends them on the support that they offer.

Supported by: Douglas Ross, Ruth Maguire, Emma Harper, Richard Lyle, Graeme Dey, Kenneth Gibson, Clare Haughey, Ben Macpherson, Stuart McMillan, Donald Cameron, Sandra White, Ivan McKee, John Finnie, David Torrance, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Jenny Gilruth, Joan McAlpine, Bill Kidd, Fulton MacGregor, Ross Thomson, Neil Findlay, Maree Todd, Tom Arthur, John Mason, Jackie Baillie, Colin Beattie, Alexander Burnett, Brian Whittle

Current Status: Achieved Cross Party Support

8 thoughts on “M.E. debate scheduled to take place in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday (May 11) | 5 May 2017”

  1. ThierryHenry

    I’m not familiar with Scottish Parliamentary proceedings – is this like an early day motion where people just nod their assent or will there be discussion on the topic? If the latter, have the MEA or other parties briefed some of the MSPs on the most recent developments in the research field? It would be good to get on record some of the most recent metabolic/immunological findings, highlighting the increasing evidence for the biological nature of the disease and thus the inadequacy of the treatments currently available for it.

    1. Hello

      We were invited this morning to brief one of the political blocs in advance of this debate, and we shall be providing that brief over the weekend.

      Tony at the MEA.

    1. Thanks, Kelly. I did check yesterday with the Parliament’s order of business of next week but this debate wasn’t listed. The health adviser to the Parliament’s Conservative group told us it would be happening on Tuesday. I’ll check again now. – Tony at the MEA.

      1. Kelly McLellan

        The parliament website is still saying Thursday 11th May at 12:45pm (see link above) but your article was updated to Wednesday the 10th?

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