PSALV has had a busy and successful autumn. September saw us in Aberdeen, holding the second of our Public Information Meetings of 2012, with presentations by Dr Tony Ormerod, Consultant Dermatologist, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary/Clinical Reader in Dermatology, University of Aberdeen and Dr Alan Macdonald, Consultant Rheumatologist, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary/President Elect, The Scottish Society for Rheumatology. The meeting was very well attended and we were delighted to welcome two MSPs, Nanette Milne and Kevin Stewart. Subsequently, a Parliamentary Motion, which achieved cross-party support, congratulated PSALV on its work.
For the sixth year, PSALV exhibited at the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood, 23-25 October, to mark World Psoriasis Day on 29 October and to raise the profile of those with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. World Psoriasis Day was conceived by patients for patients to give a voice to the estimated 125 million people suffering from psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis around the world and aims to increase awareness of the conditions.
We were visited by many MSPs, several of whom went on to issue press releases, including an article in The Paisley Daily Express from Hugh Henry, MSP, who said, “I was appalled to learn that children with psoriasis still face discrimination and bullying at school and that employment and education prospects are affected due to ignorant attitudes…..PSALV is the only Scots registered charity for all 114,000 who suffer a daily, exhausting, lifelong battle with this painful, disfiguring, and disabling skin and joint disease. I was happy to give them support in the magnificent job they do in highlighting this disease.”
Kevin Stewart, MSP, hailed the work of PSALV as World Psoriasis Day was observed, commenting, “PSALV have made a tremendous effort to raise awareness of these conditions. They have been unrelenting in their good work so I would like to echo their message on World Psoriasis Day”.