MSP: Thy­roid pa­tients tak­ing their own lives

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - NEWS - By Mar­ion Scott [email protected]

MSP Elaine Smith says thy­roid pa­tients have taken their own lives be­cause of treat­ment fail­ures.

The Labour politi­cian, 54, who be­came ill af­ter de­vel­op­ing thy­roid is­sues, be­lieves a par­lia­men­tary de­bate this week will lead to much bet­ter treat­ment for suf­fer­ers.

She said: “It is a tragedy that some pa­tients have died by sui­cide or died of med­i­cal com­pli­ca­tions due to an un­treated or un­der-treated thy­roid dis­or­der, which is pri­mar­ily a women’s health is­sue.

“The Pub­lic Pe­ti­tions Com­mit­tee has been col­lect­ing damn­ing ev­i­dence for six years clearly il­lus­trat­ing the fail­ures of the NHS to ef­fec­tively treat pa­tients with thy­roid dis­or­ders.” On Thurs­day, com­mit­tee mem­bers will de­bate their find­ings.

Ms Smith, who col­lapsed in Holy­rood due to prob­lems with her treat­ment, said: “I hope this will be the start of a process to progress the poor treat­ment of thy­roid suf­fer­ers, in line with coun­tries through­out the world which not only of­fer sub­stan­tially bet­ter treat­ment but have ne­go­ti­ated much more cost-ef­fec­tive medicine.”

She said: “I want Scot­tish Health Boards to honour the gov­ern­ment po­si­tion over pre­scrib­ing Lio­thy­ro­nine ( T3) where it is safe and clin­i­cally ap­pro­pri­ate.”

She said the drug costs the equiv­a­lent of £25 for 100 tablets in Ger­many and Swe­den, while the NHS is be­ing charged more than £800.

Elaine Smith MSP

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