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Presenting the Petition to The Petitions Committee

Video (relevant part starts at 1:25:00):

Scottish Parliament Motion

M-04825: Alexander Burnett, Aberdeenshire West, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 22/03/2017

Lyme Disease, The Need To Do More 

That the Parliament recognises that Lyme disease is affecting many people across Scotland, including in Aberdeenshire; considers that there is a lack of awareness and education to prevent further infections in 2017; notes calls for the issues surrounding diagnosis and treatment to be explored further; further notes calls for public education on the dangers of tick bites and for doctors to become better informed so that patients are not left undiagnosed, and notes the support for Lyme Disease UK’s campaign to help increase awareness of this disease.

Holyrood debate on the motion (14th June 2017):

Professional Support for Change 

A Holyrood presentation (Dr. Joshua Berkowitz):

An Irish point of view (Dr. Jack Lambert):

In the Belgian Senate (Dr. Richard Horowitz):

A US point of view (Dr. Daniel Cameron):

And another (Dr. Steven Phillips):

A French point of view (Prof. Peronne, in French):

More French context (Prof. Francisco Veas):

About the ILADS Physician Training Program (Dr. Joseph Jemsek):

Political Support for Change 

A Westminster point of view (Lord Astor of Hever):

A Canadian point of view (MP Len Webber):

An Irish point of view (Michael Healy-Rae):

... and calls from Ireland to achieve a European response:

International investigation of human rights violations of Lyme disease patients:

UK Official Documents

Draft NICE Guidelines:

UCL reviews commissioned by the Department of Health in England:

US Department of Health Tickborne Diseases Working Group

A US Airforce officer:

A 13-year old patient:

A US attorney patient:

Legal Counsel for the National Capital Lyme Association:

A human rights advocate:

Support and Information Groups 

Lyme Disease Action provides UK-based information on tick-borne diseases:

Lyme Disease UK provides patient support: - they also have a Facebook support group with over 8000 members:

Caudwell LymeCo Charity seeks to improve awareness and knowledge amongst the general public and the medical profession:

Ticktalk Ireland provides support in Ireland:

LymeDiseaseAlba is a recently created Facebook group to provide support for Scottish patients:


There are numerous petitions worldwide. Included here are a few with over 10,000 signatures:

UK Petitions:
- Over 13,000 signatures on Lyme treatment in the UK:
- Over 11,000 signatures on petition (now closed) on treatment in England: 

US Petitions:
- Over 47,00 signatures:
- Over 35,000 signatures:

Other Countries:
- Over 44,000 signatures (Australia):
- Over 30,000 signatures (Canada):