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Briggs challenges SNP Ministers to commit in principle to Frank’s Law during social care debate.

Briggs challenges SNP Ministers to commit in principle to Frank’s Law during social care debate.

Miles Briggs MSP, Scottish Conservative Spokesman on Public & Mental Health, this afternoon challenged SNP Ministers to commit in principle to support Frank’s Law during a Parliamentary debate on social care. Miles has consistently supported Frank’s Law to end the age discrimination for care faced by people under 65 who are diagnosed with dementia and other degenerative conditions.

Speaking in the debate Miles said:

“ I want to use this opportunity today to talk about the Frank’s Law campaign.

“ April 16th 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.

“ Scottish Conservatives want to see this change. And I was pleased that all opposition parties in this Parliament have committed to supporting the policy. 

“ But I have to say this – campaigners are becoming more and more frustrated with the lack of progress under this SNP Government.

“ The Government has announced a feasibility study – and I have welcomed this – but charities in the field have not been contacted and already I have major concerns that this is already looking like being an ill-informed and limited study.  

“ And so I say to Ministers today – will they commit to ending the age discrimination which exists for people in Scotland under the age of 65 and confirm their support for this principle?”

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Miles Briggs