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Inverness health campaigner's case to be heard at Scottish Parliament


By Andrew Dixon

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MSP Rhoda Grant with Mary Ramsay.
MSP Rhoda Grant with Mary Ramsay.

A Highland health campaigner’s mission to bring a specialist scanner to Scotland could move a step forward this week.

On Thursday, a Scottish Parliament committee will hear more submissions supporting the introduction of a focus ultrasound scanner to treat people with essential tremor.

Mary Ramsay, from Dalneigh, chairwoman of the Scottish Tremor Society, is asking the Scottish Government to back the provision of magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound technology.

Her petition will be heard at the Public Petitions Committee and she is backed by regional Labour MSP Rhoda Grant, who has been a long-time supporter of the cause.

Mrs Ramsay (64), who has essential tremor, said: “I am really pinning my hopes that at last there will be movement on this by the government.

“The effects of essential tremor can have a serious impact on a person’s life, with lack of understanding and awareness of the condition leading to ineffective treatment but also bullying. I want to prevent any child or adult going through verbal and physical abuse like I did.”

The scanner would be a cheaper alternative treatment to brain surgery or deep brain stimulation.

Mrs Grant said: “Mary has been a fantastic campaigner and has never given up and it would be a great day for her if she achieved her aim to help others.”

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