There was a 35-minute debate to mark International ME Awareness Day in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon.
The debate was moved by Gail Ross, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party.
She moved: “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.”
The motion had cross-party support and there was no vote at its conclusions.
Reporters working on the BBC’s Holyrood Live programme provided minute by minute updates – giving the main points made by each speaker and background information – including material from the ME Association website.
from ME Association