There are now hours left to sign an important petition, promoted by campaigner Susan Archibald (@susanas4321 on Twitter), seeking the improvement of services and resources to tackle chronic pain in Scotland.
Petition number PE01460 to the Scottish Government is open until the end of today (10 December 2012) - http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/GettingInvolved/Petitions/chronicpain?... 
It calls on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to (a) hold a debate on the matter with a vote or voting rights (b) transfer more of the management for chronic pain into primary care (c) provide more social model care instead of medical model (d) change its policy to provide direct funding to ensure radical improvements to the service can be made, including establishing a residential unit in Scotland to prevent Scottish pain patients being sent to Bath in Somerset for treatment.
The promoter, on behalf of the Scottish Parliament Cross-Party Group on Chronic Pain, writes: "The current treatment for chronic pain in Scotland is a bit like [a] post code lottery. Most of the few pain specialists in Scotland work part time between anaesthetics and pain.
"In Greater Glasgow and Clyde there are 16 consultants as 8.5 full time equivalents. Whereas, in Fife, there are only three consultants. Other places like Orkney have none, while the Western Isles have one. So many people living with chronic pain state that the medication they are using has little or no effect on their condition, leaving them suffering, frustrated and at their wits end with a vicious circle of more prescriptions and no support.
"The people of Scotland deserve better improved services open to all, no matter where they live, that will give them the opportunity to try new treatments, learn to cope with their pain and finally the ability to move on with their lives.
"To prevent patients being sent on eight hour plus journeys for treatment in England, when there could be a facility in Scotland, please sign this petition. There has been no consideration of the effect of stress and the inhumane treatment of the trip have on the patient’s overall mental and physical health."
Sign the petition here: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/GettingInvolved/Petitions/chronicpain?... 
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