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Following your article entitled “‘Postcode lottery’ warning over care” (31 January), I am 
writing to outline the need for access to specialist neuromuscular care in Scotland.

I am chair of the Cross-
Party Group on Muscular Dystrophy in the Scottish Parliament (with support from the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign) which produced the Mackie 
Report in 2010 recommending improvements to neuromuscular service provision in 

The recommendations included calls for urgent service development in key areas of specialist multi-disciplinary 
neuromuscular care such as physiotherapy, respiratory care and cardiac care.

The group continues to 
assess the action which the 
Scottish Government and the NHS in Scotland has taken 
to address the gaps in 
specialist care for people 
affected by these muscle-wasting conditions.

Jackie Baillie

MSP for Dumbarton


Cross-Party Group on Muscular Dystrophy in the 
Scottish Parliament