Derry politicians have given their support to a campaign to help people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) get access to better treatments and services.
MLAs from Sinn Féin and the SDLP backed the ‘Treat Me Right’ campaign at Stormont while Foyle MP Mark Durkan pledged his support at Westminster alongside Raphoe MS nurse, Bernadette Porter.
Foyle Sinn Féin MLA and chair of the Assembly’s health committee, Maeve McLaughlin, said; “MS affects many of my constituents and it is unacceptable that licensed MS treatments that could help people with the condition are out of reach. I will continue to work with my constituents, fellow MLAs and organisations to drive this campaign forward.”
SDLP MLA Mark H Durkan also met with the campaign organisers at Stormont to lend his support.
At Westminster, Foyle MP Mr Durkan said everyone with MS should be entitled be allowed access to appropriate treatment.
“Too many people with MS are not getting access to the treatments they need to help them manage their condition. That’s why I’m backing the MS Society’s Treat Me Right campaign to ensure everyone can get hold of the treatments they require at the time they want them,” he said.
Patricia Gordon, Director for the MS Society Northern Ireland said: “We’re delighted by the support we have received for our campaign. By working together we can make that change happen.”