A former Scotland international rugby player has sent a powerful message to the UK Government asking for motor neurone disease patients to be included on the “very vulnerable” persons list.
Doddie Weir, who suffers from MND, has asked the Health Secretary Matt Hancock to acknowledge those with the disease are “extremely vulnerable” during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a powerful video message the rugby legend said: “Mr Matt Hancock, Health Secretary – firstly I’d like to thank you, your team, all the NHS and anyone else involved in trying to fight the coronavirus.
“My name is Doddie Weir, I have MND, motor neurone disease, a terminal illness with horrific short and long term issues. I need your help.
"So I ask you why is MND not on the very vulnerable persons list?
“Would it be possible for you and your team to work with MND Association and MND Scotland to change this.
“People with MND have a hard life in itself, never mind trying to fight the coronavirus.
“Please help us stay alive as long as possible.”
The rugby legend then went on to ask others to join him in pushing the UK Government to include MND patients on the list.
On Twitter he posted: “Join me in asking Matt Hancock and the Department of Health and Social Care to get MND on the list so people with MND are identified as “extremely vulnerable” and get much needed support in the fight against coronavirus.”