A CHARITY has launched its manifesto for the Scottish Parliament election, urging politicians to do more to support people with epilepsy.

Epilepsy Scotland has also enlisted the help of comedian Janey Godley to raise awareness of the neurological condition, which affects one in 97 people in Scotland – about 55,000 in total.

Godley appears in a video on the charity’s Facebook page urging people to support the annual global Purple Day initiative on March 26. Epilepsy Scotland aims to ensure the voices of those with epilepsy are heard, influencing public policy to make sure the interests of people living with epilepsy and their carers are represented.

Through its manifesto, Epilepsy Scotland is seeking to raise the profile and support for epilepsy in Scotland.

The manifesto consists of six asks – as it is the sixth Holyrood election – of the next Scottish Government and elected MSPs. They are:

  • A national epilepsy databas
  • An increase in the number of epilepsy specialist nurse
  • Invisible condition training for benefits assessors
  • Encourage employment in people with neurological conditions
  • Support neurophysiology in Scotland
  • Funded PhDs in epilepsy

Epilepsy Scotland chief executive Lesslie Young said “To improve the lives of those living in Scotland with epilepsy these six key asks must be met.

“For too long people with epilepsy have been, at best, on the periphery of policy-making, in reality they are overlooked.

“The result is overstretched clinical services and an unnecessary poorer quality of life for those affected by the condition.

“Epilepsy Scotland is, appealing to people to read, talk about and share our asks with election candidates, asking them to support our manifesto which will lead to improved policies for people living with epilepsy and their quality of life, if elected.”

The manifesto in full can be viewed at: www.epilepsyscotland.org.uk/get-involved/2021-scottish-parliament-manifesto.