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"Madam President, 14 February, St Valentine’s Day, will mark the first ever European Epilepsy Day. St Valentine himself is reputed to have been a sufferer from epilepsy. Currently six million Europeans suffer from epilepsy. In Scotland this is around 39 000 people, yet just 20 000 Scots have been diagnosed and control their condition with medication. This means that 19 000 people live on a daily basis with the fear of a recurring seizure. Extrapolated across the EU this means millions of people also live with this fear. On 14 February we must raise awareness of epilepsy. We must also try to get those who have the condition properly diagnosed and call on Member States to have more neurologists who have a specialism in epilepsy. On 15 February there will be a number of events in Parliament and I encourage colleagues to take part. Many of your constituents will be present. I would also like to take the opportunity to welcome Joanne Hill, a specialist nurse in epilepsy, and Fiona Nicholson, the service manager of a Scottish epilepsy centre."@en1
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