This is edited and posted from an email I had from the TPA (Thyroid Patient Advocacy) although the parliament petition I believe is from individuals, with the TPA supporting them. I hope this does not contradict any guidelines by posting about another organisation. I'm not a member of their group but do get occasional emails.
If a change in thyroid care can happen in Scotland I believe it would benefit the whole of the UK as people could travel up to get care here and also use Scotland as an example to get better care in the rest of the UK.
"The TPA had a meeting with Elaine Smith, MSP at the magnificent Scottish Parliament Building in Edinburgh last year. The outcome of that meeting was that it was agreed that a Petition should be submitted to the Scottish Parliament Petitions Committee who would decide, in a case of dispute, whether it is admissible and if so, what action should be taken.
As far as I am aware, the Scottish Parliament is the only Parliament in the UK where a petition may be brought by an individual person (other than a member), a body corporate or an unincorporated association of members. The English Parliament requires 100,000 signatures before they will decide whether a Petition is admissible to be debated.
I am now delighted to inform you that a Petition entitled “Effective Thyroid and Adrenal Testing, Diagnosis and Treatment” has been submitted by Scottish residents Sandra Whyte, Marian Dyer and Lorraine Cleaver (all members of TPA) and this Petition will be discussed initially, in Parliament on Tuesday 5 February 2013.
The details of this Petition can be read here scottish.parliament.uk/Gett...
and you can watch the live debate of this initial discussion here scottish.parliament.uk/news...
If you miss this, you can watch the whole debate at any time later, but we don't have a link where you will be able to do this yet. Watch this space.
After the initial discussion on Tuesday 5 Feb.2013, the debate will be open to all who wish to submit comment and/or present further evidence for those who wish to support our cause.
TPA is strongly supporting this Petition by presenting the Scottish Parliament with extra evidence, supported by references to research studies.
It is vital that the Scottish Parliament is made as thoroughly aware as possible that the success of this Petition would have a crucial and positive impact on the lives of tens of thousands of their fellow citizens (and potentially millions worldwide) - so please do whatever you can to help."
I intend to write and submit my own personal evidence and ask them to support narrower TSH guidelines and giving patients the opportunity to try T3.
Let me know what you think.