A PROJECT to raise the profile of a painful skin disease has received a boost from an influential former MSP.
Ex Wester Hailes GP Dr Ian McKee chaired a briefing for politicians on psoriasis, which was attended by scores of patients and nurses.
It is estimated the condition, which can cause difficulties with arthritis, affects more than 20,000 people in the Lothians.
The stigma attached to having a skin condition is also putting pressure on patients, adding to the challenges of the illness.
The charity PSALV wants more attention paid to it and support given to sufferers, and its bid has been backed by Dr McKee.
He said: “Psoriasis is one of the most common of all conditions yet one which most people know very little about. Part of the reason for this general ignorance is the sad fact that many people with this skin condition go to great lengths to keep it a secret because of the cruel reaction they often experience.”