Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart, has challenged the current provision for Long Covid sufferers. Speaking in the first Long Covid debate the Scottish Parliament has held, brought by Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Alex Cole-Hamilton, Ms Wishart reiterated her party’s plan to help the estimated 79,000 sufferers of Long Covid in Scotland.
After contracting Covid-19 thousands have reported symptoms including: Fatigue, breathlessness, muscle aches, memory loss, a persistent cough. Scottish Liberal Democrats would:
- Hold specialist Long Covid clinics in every health board,
- Train Long Covid community nurses to offer in-home support,
- Provide country-wide access to Long Covid physiotherapy and multi-disciplinary rehab,
- Implement a policy of no financial detriment for workers who are absent for long periods of time due to long Covid.
Over the summer Ms Wishart put out a call to islanders to get in touch if they were suffering from Long Covid so that Shetland could prepare the provision of support needed. Ms Wishart is a member of the Cross Party Group on Long Covid, and the Covid Recovery Steering Group.
Ms Wishart is also campaigning for a modern new build hospital to replace Shetland’s current ageing building, to support medical professionals delivery of modernised NHS services with the equipment, space and provisions they need.
After the debate Ms Wishart said:
“I am pleased that we were able to have a debate on Long Covid. For so many this has had a significant impact on their lives; for some life is an everyday struggle.
“People have told me that they have felt ignored and not believed. People with ME or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome had similar experiences so you have to ask what lessons have been learned from the management of that condition in the context of rising numbers of Long Covid sufferers.
“I hope the Scottish Government will implement what we have asked. People cannot be left to suffer without support.”