Parkinson’s treat­ment up over decade

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THE num­ber of pa­tients re­ceiv­ing treat­ment for Parkinson’s dis­ease is ris­ing, the lat­est fig­ures show.

The Scot­tish Tories ob­tained the fig­ures and said more had to be done to en­sure the NHS was equipped to deal with the rise.

The ISD Scot­land fig­ures show there were 333,167 Parkinson’s drug items dis­pensed in 2018/19, com­pared to 323,999 the pre­vi­ous year, and 319,389 in 2016/17.

In 2010/11, there were only 260,355 items dis­pensed.

Be­cause of de­creas­ing drug prices, the over­all cost has re­mained steady at around £11 mil­lion per year.

Tory health spokesman Miles Briggs said: “It’s very wor­ry­ing that more and more peo­ple are re­ceiv­ing treat­ment for such a pain­ful and de­bil­i­tat­ing ill­ness.

“Of course, peo­ple liv­ing longer is a great thing, but it also brings chal­lenges.”

AMAN will be per­ma­nently scarred af­ter be­ing glassed by a stranger in an un­pro­voked at­tack. Dean McLean was pounced on by Scott Fer­gu­son, 34, out­side Glas­gow Cen­tral sta­tion in July this year.

The vic­tim was struck over the face with a glass bot­tle which will leave him scarred for life.

Mr McLean had al­leged his­tory with Fer­gu­son’s three friends who were with him that day.

Fer­gu­son pled guilty at Glas­gow Sheriff Court to the as­sault on Mr McLean to his se­vere in­jury and per­ma­nent dis­fig­ure­ment.

The court heard Mr McLean was ap­proached by Fer­gu­son and his three friends near the train sta­tion.

Pros­e­cu­tor Lau­ren Staunton said: “When Fer­gu­son ap­proached Mr McLean he raised his arm and struck him with a glass bot­tle on the face.”

Fer­gu­son fled the scene while Mr McLean went for help at a Co-op shop nearby where a 999 call was made.

Mr McLean was rushed to Glas­gow Royal In­fir­mary for treat­ment.

He re­quired 26 in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal stitches for wounds to his top and bot­tom lip.

Miss Staunton added: “The doc­tor said the in­jury will cause per­ma­nent scar­ring.”

Police later re­ceived in­for­ma­tion from Crimestop­pers in Septem­ber that Fer­gu­son was re­spon­si­ble for the at­tack.

Fer­gu­son was ar­rested by of­fi­cers af­ter he was iden­ti­fied on CCTV.

Lawyer Ian Sievwright, de­fend­ing, said: “There had been prior in­ci­dents be­tween the three men Mr Fer­gu­son was with.

“There had been fight­ing but not on that day.

“Mr Fer­gu­son was told about this pre­vi­ously when there was a chance meet­ing just prior to the as­sault.”

Sen­tence was de­ferred un­til next week by Sheriff John McCormick for back­ground re­ports.

Sheriff McCormick said: “This was an at­tack on a per­son you didn’t know but was in your com­pany. This was with a bot­tle to his se­vere in­jury and per­ma­nent dis­fig­ure­ment. A sub­stan­tial cus­to­dial sen­tence will be in­evitable.”

Fer­gu­son was re­manded in cus­tody mean­time.

Glas­gow Sheriff Court heard that the vic­tim was struck with a glass bot­tle

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