MSP Elaine Smith who has been a tireless advocate for thyroid patients and is a patient herself, has kindly put a motion to the Scottish Parliament, for International Thyroid Awareness Day 2020, 25th May.
Motion Number: S5M-21790
Lodged By: Elaine Smith
Date Lodged: 18/05/2020
Title: Thyroid Awareness Day on 25 May
That the Parliament acknowledges International Thyroid Awareness Day on 25 May 2020, which starts Thyroid Awareness Week; considers that, despite ongoing parliamentary debates and petitions in the UK, people, the majority of whom are women, are still not being fully listened to; acknowledges that the COVID-19 pandemic is adding to this challenge; appreciates the work being done by charities, such as the Thyroid Trust and Thyroid UK, in supporting people to fully understand and manage the disease, and hopes that Thyroid Awareness Day will help encourage ministers and health providers to ensure that all people with thyroid disorders are given full and easy access to all options of treatment, including Liothyronine.
We encouraged all thyroid patients in Scotland to contact their MSPs and ask them to sign the motion. Here is a link to find the details of your MSP https://www.parliament.scot/msps.aspx
The following MSPs very kindly supported the International Thyroid Awareness Day 2020 motion :
Iain Gray, Anas Sarwar, Alex Neil, Alison Harris, Jackson Carlaw, Richard Lyle, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Sarah Boyack, Neil Findlay, Monica Lennon, Clare Adamson, Colin Smyth, Ruth Maguire
Elaine has done a huge amount already for thyroid patients with the Scottish Parliament, including supporting a petition that began in 2012. Learn more.
Huge thanks to Elaine and all of her supportive colleagues in the Scottish Parliament.
Find out more about International Thyroid Awareness Day and Week and let us know if you'd like to get involved in awareness raising!
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