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Mebyon Kernow welcome agreement to meeting to discuss Lyme Disease in Cornwall
Mebyon Kernow have welcomed the agreement from Public Health, NHS Kernow, and the Portfolio Holder at Cornwall Council Jim McKenna to hold an urgent meeting with sufferers of the disease in South East Cornwall.

The request to the Council was made by Mebyon Kernow Councillor Andrew Long, who represents Callington at the Health and Adult Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee in Truro last week.

“For years, people have been suffering from Lyme Disease, which is a debilitating illness that can have serious consequences, but until the Health Service take the fact that you can catch the disease here in the British Isles and arm doctors and surgeries with the information on what to do, we will struggle to get the upper hand on this entirely preventable illness” Said Cllr Long.

“We need doctors, and especially GPs, to fully recognise the symptoms of early Lyme such as diagnosing a bullseye rash as a sign of Lyme and treat early.  The government and Cornwall Council, working with NHS Kernow and Public Health should be urgently updating the information for doctors so that they can be treated early” he added.

Cllr Long reported that two local residents in the Callington area have now been diagnosed with Lyme and their families are eager to take part in the meeting to move the situation forward to reduce the delays in diagnosis.

It is hoped that the meeting will take place in early May, which is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, but in the meantime residents concerned about the disease can contact Lyme Disease Action at www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk.
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Published on 12th April 2016.

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