Central Scotland MSP, John Wilson, sought clarification from the Minister for Public Health on the steps being taken to improve early identification and diagnosis of children with asthma.
Speaking in the Parliamentary Chamber on Wednesday 11th June 2014, Michael Matheson maintained the Scottish Government’s commitment to providing the best quality care and treatment for people living with asthma in Scotland. The Minister for Health also drew attention to the Health Improvement Scotland report published last year entitled “Asthma priorities: Influencing the Agenda”, which includes information about the early and accurate diagnosis of asthma in children.
Mr Wilson’s Parliamentary Question comes in light of recent reports which suggest that there are problems in early diagnosis and the provision of effective treatment across the country.
John Wilson MSP said “It is re-assuring to know that the Scottish Government is doing all it can to address the issues which have come to light following the national review into asthma deaths. The details of the recommendations are now being considered by the national advisory group for respiratory managed clinical networks so that services can be improved throughout Scotland”
“Due to the seriousness of the condition, it is essential that patients, especially children, have access to the treatment and services they need in order to manage their asthma successfully. In order to achieve that, steps must be taken to ensure early diagnosis where possible”