A bill to introduce Frank’s Law – a guarantee that under 65s with conditions like dementia receive free personal care – has been officially lodged.
The member’s bill will allow MSPs to vote on introducing the legislation, which is now supported by all opposition parties.
Some SNP MSPs – including former health secretary Alex Neil – are also keen on the move, even if the party itself has refused to offer support generally.
The bill is now open for consultation.
Earlier this year, Shadow Health Secretary Miles Briggs said he would launch the bill if the Scottish Government failed to act.
Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson said:
“My colleague Miles Briggs has been working passionately to make Frank’s law a reality.
“The consultation on the bill proposal has now gone live and I hope that as many organisations and individuals as possible will take part to demonstrate the level of support for Frank’s Law.
“The aim is simple: to end the age discrimination that currently exists whereby under 65s with life limiting conditions do not qualify for free personal care but over 65s do.
“April 16 marked the third anniversary of Frank Kopel’s death.
“It is a shocking indictment that in some parts of Scotland today, terminally ill patients under the age of 65 are being charged for the help they need with basic things like washing, dressing and feeding themselves.
“The Scottish Conservatives want to see this change and I am pleased that all opposition parties in this parliament have committed to supporting the policy meaning there is a majority in Holyrood for Frank’s Law.”
The online consultation can be accessed here: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/Bills/105518.aspx