Under consideration PE2016: Raise awareness of Thrombosis in Scotland

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to raise awareness of the risk factors, signs and symptoms of Thrombosis.

Previous action taken

I have sent emails requesting meetings to discuss the situation with the Scottish Government between 2011 and 2023 which have been denied. The Scottish Government stated that as awareness was raised in 2011, they have no intention of raising awareness in the foreseeable future.

The MSPs I have spoken to include Anas Sarwar MSP, Jackie Baillie MSP, Douglas Ross MSP, Miles Briggs MSP, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, Natalie Don MSP. I have asked for and received assistance from BBC, STV, Daily Record, Glasgow Herald, Scotsman, Scottish Sun, Sunday Scottish Express and Sunday Post.

Background information

Our daughter died of an undiagnosed and therefore untreated DVT (Thrombosis) in 2003. Since then, I have campaigned to raise awareness and been involved as a Layperson in the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) Guidelines 122 and 129 along with the National Institute for Healthcare Excellence (NICE) VTE2 Guideline.

I am currently the World Ambassador for World Thrombosis Day 2022 which is part of The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis which is a worldwide organisation.

Thrombosis kills approximately 11,400 people per annum in Scotland which is approximately 1 in every 4 deaths recorded (figures quoted are via Freedom of Information requests to the Scottish Government and via Health Ministers FOI).

  • Created by Gordon McPherson
  • Considered from 3 April 2023
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