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PE01662: Improve Treatment for Patients with Lyme Disease and Associated Tick-borne Diseases


Petitioner: Janey Cringean and Lorraine Murray on behalf of Tick-borne Illness Campaign Scotland


Closing Date for Online Petition: 28 June 2017

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to improve testing and treatment for Lyme Disease and associated tick-borne diseases by ensuring that medical professionals in Scotland are fully equipped to deal with the complexity of tick-borne infections, addressing the lack of reliability of tests, the full variety of species in Scotland, the presence of 'persister' bacteria which are difficult to eradicate, and the complexities caused by the presence of possibly multiple co-infections, and to complement this with a public awareness campaign.

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What is your view of the current testing and treatment regime for Lyme Disease and associated tick-borne diseases? Have you been failed by inadequate current treatment?

Do you agree that it is essential to improve testing and treatment and to ensure that guidance and training are developed for medical professionals?

Please add any other comments you feel will contribute to highlighting this issue.

I enjoy visiting Scotland and have family there so although I may not live there at present I recognise the importance and priority this petition should be given. Particularly as I was infected in 2003 and still struggle with my health due to Doctors incompetance at treating Lyme Disease.


11:33 on 24 May 2017

I see a great deal of joint problems amongst crofters. There is no LD monitoring. I am very worried about my grandchildren playing on the hill

graham worrall

10:08 on 24 May 2017

I have seen the devastating effects on a friend and neighbour. It took years to diagnose her and she did a lot of research herself. She suffered for years. Not acceptable.

Alice Wallace

22:26 on 23 May 2017

My husband's blood test was positive for the Lymes disease. He endured one month of anto-biotics.

maggie thompson

19:14 on 23 May 2017

I have seen lives ruined by tick-borne disease. I urge all MSPs to address this issue with urgency.

John MacKintosh

13:23 on 23 May 2017

Raising awareness and the steps to be taken if you are one of the people bitten is extremely important.

Janice Dickson

12:04 on 23 May 2017

We're all vulnerable!

Richard Bush

11:02 on 23 May 2017

Lyme Disease is becoming a real issue and is something about which we all need to know far more.

Robert Dickson

10:52 on 23 May 2017

We know so many people whose lives are affected by this disease. More needs to be done to improve current research, testing and treatment.

Joyce Jackson

10:52 on 23 May 2017

It is imperative that health professionals in Scotland are equipped with the right training and resources to ensure quick diagnosis and effective treatment of Lyme disease and associated tick-borne diseases.

John Elcock

10:50 on 23 May 2017

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