January 7, 2015
One of the most inspirational people that the First Minister met shortly after taking office was Gordon Aikman, a man who, after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is campaigning passionately for increased MND research and care.
The First Minister invited him to her office in Parliament to discuss these issues.
The First Minister said she had been moved by Gordon’s campaign and asked him to work with the Scottish Government on looking at how specialist nursing care in Scotland is provided and delivered.
£2.5 million for specialist nurses
The First Minister invested an extra £2.5 million for specialist nursing and care with £700,000 going towards nursing care and support for those with MND.
The money is enough to fund all MND specialist nurses working in the NHS from the public purse, and to double their number.
The First Minister and Health Secretary Shona Robison met with patients with MND at NHS Tayside to find out how the investment would change their lives.
— Gordon Aikman (@GordonAikman) January 7, 2015