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URGENT request : Make a submission to the Scottish government re: harm done, dependance and withdrawal. You don't even have to be from Scotland.

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Vanora

Yesterday, the 25th October, the petition on Prescribed Drug Dependence and Withdrawal was discussed at the Scottish parliament. Tune in around 10.08.03.

 

https://www.scottishparliament.tv/meeting/public-petitions-committee-october-25-2018?clip_start=10%3A07%3A27&clip_end=10%3A21%3A48 

 

They decided to return to the Scottish government on the issue of a 24 hour helpline - which is supported by the BMA - but noted it shouldn't be a substitute for support from prescribers. They also acknowledged that the government is looking to initiate a Scottish focused review which would run parallel with Public Health England's review into medications that cause dependence and withdrawal but a plea was made not to wait for the findings of the PHE review. Johann Lamont the convener recognised that any review would have to show it's independence given the lack of trust and the degree of suspicion evident in the submissions concerning prescribed drug dependence and withdrawal.

 

Included in the recent submissions was a Patient Analysis with patient journey maps as researched and written by Dr Anne Guy, Scottish petitioner Marion Brown and Welsh petitioner Stevie Lewis.

 

http://prescribeddrug.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Voice-of-the-Patient-Petition-Analysis-Report.pdf      

 

If there are still people who haven't as yet sent in a submission please do consider it. This petition has really caught the attention of the committee with unprecedented levels of submissions and we are hoping that it may eventually be debated within the Scottish parliament itself.  

 

 

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Altostrata

Thanks, Vanora. That Patient Analysis report is brilliant!

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Vanora
11 hours ago, Altostrata said:

Thanks, Vanora. That Patient Analysis report is brilliant!

 

Thank you Altostrata, I'm very impressed with this document too and it provides a compelling picture of patient experience. Overall, we are making progress albeit slow progress. 

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