South Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine joined a leading health and social care organisation at the Scottish Parliament last week to pledge support to the two million people in Scotland living with a long term condition, equivalent to 4 in 10 of the population.
Ms McAlpine met staff from the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE), a network organisation for national and local charities as well as people living with long term conditions, disabled people and unpaid carers.
The MSP spoke to members of ALLIANCE team about their ‘2 Million Expert Voices’ manifesto, which calls for the views and experiences of people accessing support and services to be heard effectively and used to learn and lead change in health and social care in Scotland.
Ms McAlpine also learned more about the ALLIANCE’s activities to support new models of care, including ALISS – A Local Information System for Scotland, which aims to make information about health and wellbeing resources within local communities easier to find.
Commenting, Ms McAlpine said:
“It’s vital that policymakers hear the views of people who access health and social care support and services. That’s why I’m delighted to endorse the new manifesto from ALLIANCE – it will strengthen the voices of people who are disabled, living with long term conditions or unpaid carers.”
Ian Welsh OBE, Chief Executive of the ALLIANCE said:
“We welcome the chance to meet MSPs at the start of the new session of the Scottish Parliament to discuss how we can ensure that people living with long term conditions, disabled people and unpaid carers enjoy their right to live well, with support and services that put them at the centre.”