MEP praised over stand

INTERNATIONAL epilepsy organisations have praised North East MEP Fiona Hall’s support for better recognition and treatment of the disease.

The International Bureau for Epilepsy and the International League Against Epilepsy have presented a certificate to Fiona in acknowledgment of her committed support for people with epilepsy.

Fiona is calling for greater priority to be given to the disease, the most common serious disorder of the brain.

She said: “Seventy per cent of people with epilepsy could be seizure-free with the right treatment, but only 40 per cent receive such treatment. As well as the failings in treatment, there remains a stigma and prejudice around epilepsy that causes particular problems for young sufferers at school. We need to prioritise epilepsy as a major disease and recognise the significant burden it imposes on health resources.”