MSP Graeme Dey speaks to Angus support groups

All of the Angus Long Term Condition Support Groups (ALTCSG) joined together for a meeting at Springfield Medical Centre in May.

Marion Preston, lead Facilitator for ALTCSG, introduced speaker Graeme Dey, MSP for South Angus, saying that he was on various committees and cross party groups at Holyrood which have interest to people who live with Long Term Conditions.

Mr Dey explained how he learned that there was not enough time to become involved with too many of the Committees and Cross Party groups and still be a MSP who is accessible to his constituents and to work on their behalf.

He then opened the meeting to questions, the vast majority of which involved the NHS and health issues.

Also featuring was the Self Directed Support schemes and how those changes will impact upon people who require help within their homes.

It was an interesting and lively event. After almost 90 minutes, the discussion changed to climate control and recycling plus the new energy efficient buses which will be used from Dundee to Arbroath.

Marion explained: “The time seemed to fly, which showed how interested we were in what Graeme was talking about.

‘‘He almost managed to keep political views at bay but occasionally he explained the SNPs policy about certain topics and how that differs from the UK, Westminster government’s policy. I think that another two hours could have passed and there would still be interest!”

The next meetings for Forfar, Arbroath and Carnoustie will have David McKenzie from Scottish Fire Brigade speaking and the Montrose group are having a social meeting.