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Robison refuses to launch nationwide sepsis campaign

Health secretary Shona Robison has again refused demands to launch a nationwide awareness campaign on a disease which kills 3500 Scots a year.

Having initially snubbed sepsis campaigners earlier this year, she was urged to reconsider by the Scottish Conservatives.

In a letter to Ms Robison, shadow health secretary Miles Briggs said early detection was key in treating sepsis, and that a Scotland-wide education initiative would save lives.

However, in her response, Ms Robison said while reducing sepsis was a “top priority” for the Scottish Government, she stopped short of committing to a campaign.

Holyrood’s petitions committee has already recommended such an appeal should be carried out, while the ongoing refusal for a nationwide drive is likely to infuriate families of victims, who were already “angry and frustrated” at the SNP’s position.

Scottish Conservative shadow health secretary Miles Briggs said:

“This is a bitterly disappointing decision from the SNP.

“My letter to Shona Robison presented the perfect opportunity for a rethink on this.

“Campaigners are desperate for a nationwide awareness campaign, and even one of the Scottish Parliament’s own committees have said this should take place.

“There’s no point in the SNP being stubborn on this – sepsis is a disease which kills thousands every year north of the border.

“An awareness campaign would increase the chances of early detection, which would ultimately save lives.

“The Scottish Government needs to swallow its pride and get on with this campaign.”

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Notes to editors:

To see a copy of the letter from health secretary Shona Robison, visit:
http://www.scottishconservatives.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Shonasepsissnub.pdf

For more on calls for a nationwide sepsis campaign, visit:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-41095949

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