Thyroid disease sufferers call for an inquiry into treatment
Charities and sufferers taking petition to Holyrood claim current system is 'not working'.
Patients suffering from thyroid diseases are calling for an inquiry into methods of diagnosis and treatment.
Charities claim the current system of testing for thyroid conditions is not working and sufferers Lorraine Cleaver from Glasgow and Sandra Whyte from Ballachulish say they lived with the condition for years before being given the right medication.
A committee of MSPs is now considering if further investigation is needed.
Mrs Cleaver and Mrs Whyte both suffer from hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid gland but they went for years before getting a correct diagnosis and effective treatment.
They are now campaigning for better testing, diagnosis and treatment of thyroid conditions and have taken a petition to the Scottish Parliament.
According to the British Thyroid Foundation, thyroid disease affects around 5% of the population, mostly women.
Tony Toft, a leading specialist in Thryoid disease says that some doctors need to listen to patients more.
Though Mrs Cleaver and Mrs Whyte are currently well, they and other sufferers say they are now facing a shortage of medication, which is endangering their health.
Holyrood's petitions committee will meet on Tuesday to decide if an inquiry into all the issues surrounding thyroid disease in Scotland is needed.
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