Parkinson’s treatment up over decade
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