Health - Teen's petition pays off

19th February 2010 at 00:00

A Glasgow pupil who petitioned the Scottish Parliament about possible links between vitamin D and multiple sclerosis has won Scottish Government support.

Ryan McLaughlin, 14, who attends Drumchapel High, took his case to Holyrood's public petition committee last summer. He called on ministers to produce guidelines on vitamin D supplements for children and pregnant women, along with an awareness campaign about the issue.

Now the Government has agreed to support and host a summit in April on the role of vitamin D and to produce the guidance on supplements. Ryan took up the cause after watching his mother Kirsten suffering from the incurable disease. The committee has agreed to close his petition.

Ryan said: "After an amazing year in raising both vitamin D and MS awareness, I now have the commitments that I wanted."

Glasgow Anniesland MSP Bill Butler hailed Ryan's achievement, saying "a very great deal of progress" has been made.

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