Evening Telegraph

Dying local dad ‘inspired’ after meeting with top politician

A dying man has hailed a “productive meeting” with the shadow health secretary on how to raise awareness of his illness.

Keith Swankie from Arbroath was diagnosed with the debilitating disease progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) in 2012.

The father-of-two held talks with Conservative Miles Briggs and PSP Association chief executive Andrew Symons in Forfar, following a series of alleged care failures during a recent admission to Ninewells Hospital.

Mr Swankie said the experience showed him the lack of PSP awareness is now “worse than ever”.

He said: “I was inspired by my really positive meeting with Keith and the PSP Association. The biggest thing to come from it was the possibility of a cross-party parliament meeting to discuss PSP and what has to be done.”

Mr Briggs said: “Keith is a really inspirational man who is not letting his diagnosis or condition get in the way or working to improve the lives of others.

“I’ve agreed to take forward a round-table/cross-party meeting in parliament with Keith and the PSP Association in the autumn and will be working with Keith’s local MP Kirstene Hair to see how we can take forward the NHS profession’s PSP awareness campaign.”