On European Epilepsy Day, Plaid Cymru the Party of Wales MEP Jill Evans has stressed the importance of making proper provision in this field in Wales, where there is a higher incidence of epilepsy than across the UK as a whole.
Jill Evans MEP, who represents the whole of Wales in the European Parliament, said:
“This is clearly an area where we want people to be supported in managing the condition, whether that be supporting young people with epilepsy or ensuring that there are enough specialist nurses in each region.
“There are 32,000 people in Wales with epilepsy, which equates to 1 in 94 of the population. In the UK overall, the figure is 1 in 103 people.”
Jill Evans MEP, who has become a member of the European Advocates for Epilepsy Group in the EU Parliament, added:
“The theme of this year’s event is that ‘Epilepsy is more than seizures’. It’s vital that people are educated in how to deal with someone suffering a seizure, but it’s equally important to remove the stigma associated with epilepsy.
“This can result in discrimination, inequality and employment problems. This is why I am pleased to give my support to the campaign for which aims not only for further research funding and access to treatment, but also education and employment legislation measures.”