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Motion ref. S5M-22678

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Week 2020

Submitted by: Colin Smyth, South Scotland, Scottish Labour.
Date lodged: Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Supported by: Clare Adamson, Sarah Boyack, Miles Briggs, Neil Findlay, John Finnie, Kenneth Gibson, Daniel Johnson, Bill Kidd, Monica Lennon, Richard Lyle, Fulton MacGregor, Ruth Maguire, John Mason, Liam McArthur, Mark McDonald, Stuart McMillan, Margaret Mitchell, Elaine Smith, Alexander Stewart, David Stewart

That the Parliament welcomes Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) Week, which takes place from 14 to 20 September 2020; understands that approximately 2,500 people in Scotland are living with IPF and that, across the UK, an estimated 6,000 are diagnosed with it every year; acknowledges that it is an incurable and life-limiting condition, which results in a build-up of scar tissue in the lungs, restricting normal breathing; understands that current treatments can only mitigate the symptoms; notes the view that more research is needed to help people with the condition; encourages patients who are experiencing a persistent cough or breathlessness to contact their GP, even during the current COVID-19 pandemic, and praises the British Lung Foundation for raising awareness and funding vital research to improve diagnosis and treatment, which it believes will allow people to have the chance of experiencing a better quality of life.