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Healthcare policy – that sounds a bit heavy doesn’t it? Not very interesting. Not much to do with you?
It has a lot to do with you. It has a lot to do with whether you are getting the health services you need, when you need them.
Decisions made by the Scottish government, by Health Boards, by local units, can all determine who long you have to wait for an appointment – with a GP, a hospital consultant, a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist, a podiatrist – or how long you have to wait to get the right drugs treatments, or other procedures.
Other decisions can and will affect the level of benefit you can claim, or whether you are eligible for benefits at all. Also, issues to do with transport - buses or taxi’s which are adapted so that you can use them and proper enforcement of disabled parking places. Or simply whether you are given or can readily access the information you need to best manage your condition and your life.
All of these things matter, and that is why Arthritis Care’s campaigning work is so important - and why we need your help to make it more effective.
We work hard to keep track of decisions which are being made in the Scottish Parliament, in the Scottish government, and at many other level, and we try to make sure that those decision take account of the needs of people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. Some current issues are mentioned below. But we need your help in two important ways:
Firstly – to let us know what is happening in your areas. Are waiting times getting longer in your local hospital? Are you, and people like you, getting the services you need, when you need them?
And secondly – to help us raise national issues with your elected representatives in the Scottish Parliament and to take up the local issues which only you can effectively raise, by talking to your local hospital or your local papers or your local councillors about the needs of people with arthritis in your community. We will be working to build up the information available to you through this site. We want to hear from you about what matters to you and what is affecting you, and we want to help give you the resources to make a difference on those issues.
For more information about Campaigns please contact:
Steve McBride, Arthritis Care Policy Adviser for Scotland and Northern Ireland - [email protected]