Angus MP urges faster implementation of 'Franks Law'

A Tayside MP has urged Health Secretary Shona Robison to speed up the implementation of Frank’s Law after a commitment from the SNP government to take forward new legislation.

The Scottish Government has backed calls to provide free personal care to people under 65 who are affected by conditions such as dementia or multiple sclerosis.

The announcement in the SNP’s programme for government earlier this month followed years of campaigning by Angus constituent Amanda Kopel, who lost her husband Frank in 2014.

However, it has been reported that the new law may not be implemented until April 2019.

Kirstene Hair, Scottish Conservative MP for Angus, has warned that the changes cannot be “kicked into the long grass” and has written to the Health Secretary urging swift action.

Ms Hair said: “This long overdue announcement from the SNP was welcomed by many people and the outcome was a credit to the tireless efforts of my constituent Amanda Kopel.

“While I am pleased that this government has finally listened, I am very disappointed that this policy is now being held up.

“There are an estimated 9,000 people who could benefit from this new law, and it cannot be right that they will have to wait another 18 months to get the help they need.

“At present, the lack of support takes a financial and mental toll on those affected and their families.

“Kicking this policy into the long grass is simply not good enough.

“I hope that the Health Secretary and indeed the First Minister will not want there to be a perception among the public that this announcement was made to gain positive media coverage without actually delivering on the pledge.”