Neil Findlay MSP for Lothian has welcomed new and improved standards, proposed by IBD UK, to care for people who are living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Crohns Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), which affects more than 300,000 people in the UK.

IBD is a debilitating illness causing a variety of symptoms such as diarrhoea; abdominal pain; weight loss and fatigue, amongst others. Many IBD patients can manage their symptoms through medication, however others may require surgery.

IBD UK, which is a partnership of 17 patient and professional organisations, created these proposed standards with a view that patients with IBD are provided safe, consistent, high-quality and personalised care wherever they live and whatever their age.

The 59 statements, which detail what excellent care should look like, have been backed by the British Society of Gastroenterology, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Rukshana Kapasi, Chair of IBD UK said:

“This is an exciting and ground-breaking opportunity for services and patients to work collaboratively leading to the shared priority of improving the lives of people with Crohn’s and Colitis. This version of the IBD Standards gives us the tools to drive up the quality of IBD Services and with that, the care for people with IBD. These comprehensive guidelines have included patient involvement throughout and have been endorsed by key professional organisations.”

Neil Findlay MSP said:

“These new and improved standards for IBD care seek to eliminate the postcode lottery when it comes to excellent care from diagnosis to treatment.

“This is a welcome move that is supported by professional organisations as well as patients. Those living with IBD should be provided with high-quality, bespoke care in order to manage these debilitating illnesses. 

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