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Funding available for MND nursing

The NHS will start funding nurses who specialise in motor neurone disease (MND) in Scotland it has been revealed.

Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon announced the cash to pay for these changes as part of a £2.5m-a-year plan to improve specialist nursing care for those with MND and other rare conditions.

Speaking to the BBC she said: “We are establishing a £2.5m fund to expand specialist nursing care for people with very rare conditions.

"The first allocation of this fund will be for people with motor neurone disease and an amount of £700,000 will fund the existing motor neurone disease specialist nurses and double their number.”

The decision was made only weeks after Sturgeon met MND campaigner Gordon Aikman who was diagnosed with the condition last year.

Aikman said:This is a victory for the thousands of supporters who demanded action through, MSPs from across the political spectrum, and the first minister who answered the call for change.

Today, Scotland is leading the way with motor neurone disease care. But now it is up to the UK parties to commit to double MND research funding so we can find a cure to this horrific disease.”