I am proud to support Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland and their many excellent services, including the Hospital to Home service which is an incredible asset to those making the difficult transition from returning home after hospital treatment.
The SNP has made important progress whilst in Government, such as the development of the Stroke Improvement Plan and the Heart Disease Action Plan based on in-depth consultations with charities, researchers and experts in the field.
As we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we have an opportunity to rebuild services which work even better for patients.
This is why the SNP is prioritising health services in this election. If re-elected, we will continue to advocate for the importance of providing additional support to people affected by chest, heart and stroke conditions and to provide the best quality of life for them.
We aim to give as many people as possible access to specialist multi-disciplinary services outside of hospital care, including vital rehabilitation services, palliative care, and mental health support. This is particularly crucial for those suffering from long Covid.
A new community living change fund will also provide £20 million to deliver services for people with complex needs, including those who have endured lengthy hospital stays and who could be more appropriately supported closer to home.
If re-elected as an MSP I will encourage continued collaboration between primary, secondary, specialist and community care for all people in Scotland and support Chest, Heart and Stroke services in my area.