Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Purpose of the group

The purpose of the group is:

  • To raise awareness of the issues faced by people living with IBD and the impact of the condition on their lives among parliamentarians.
  • To raise awareness of the high incidence of IBD in Scotland and the increasing incidence of childhood IBD
  • To promote and monitor implementation of the National Blueprint for Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Scotland
  • To be a stimulus to galvanise support from local and national policymakers
  • To act as a conduit for sharing and dissemination of best practice.

Forthcoming meetings

Next meeting:



Annual Return/Report

Group Officers

Group Members

Non MSP Individuals

Dr Ian Arnott (Deputy Convener)

Kirsty Gibson

Paul Johnston

Angus McLean

Edmund Murray 

Janice Taylor 

Vikki Garrick

Allan Boal

Seth Squires

Dr Daniel Gaya  

Dr Richard Russell 

Dr Graham Naismith 

Dr Jonathan MacDonald 

Prof David Wilson

Prof Angus Watson

Jana Moravcova

Kate Gray 

Amy Bednarz

Cher-antonia Khedim

Dr Dagmar Kastner-Cole

Rachel Hayward

Dr Philip Gaskell

Lis Bardell

Gail Grant

Matthew Hilferty


Crohn’s and Colitis UK - secretary

Scottish Society of Gastroenterology  

Royal College of Nurses (IBD Nurses Network Scotland)

Crohn’s in Childhood Research Association (CICRA)

Scottish Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (SSPGHAN)

Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE)

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)

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