An MP has pledged to help overhaul care for Parkinson’s sufferers after the publication of a new report showing a lack of mental health support for the condition.
Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Parkinson’s, which launched a report entitled Mental Health Matters Too at Westminster.
The Scottish Conservative MP has expressed his concern that nearly half of all people with Parkinson’s experience mental health symptoms such as anxiety and depression yet only a quarter of those affected receive any treatment for it.
While the report is focused on England, Mr Duguid claims many of the issues identified reflect the experience of people across the UK.
The MP, whose grandfather had Parkinson’s, said: “This is an extremely important report, which highlights truly shocking findings that need to be addressed.
“I have made a commitment to contact local health authorities to discuss how we can ensure that people with Parkinson’s in Banff and Buchan get timely and effective treatment that addresses not just the physical symptoms, but the psychological symptoms too.”
Anxiety and depression are a particular concern for people with Parkinson’s as they have been shown to worsen other symptoms.