Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has called on the health and social care integrated joint board in Dumfries and Galloway to reaffirm its commitment to delivering ‘Frank’s Law’.
The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP’s call comes after it was revealed that neighbouring South Ayrshire Council have scrapped funding for the policy, which provides free care for those under 65 living with conditions like dementia.
The new legislation came into force on April 1 by the SNP Government, following years of campaigning by the Scottish Conservatives alongside Amanda Kopel wife of former footballer Frank who died from dementia in 2014.
South Ayrshire Council’s decision has led Mr Carson to seek assurance for his constituents that the policy will remain in place in Dumfries and Galloway.
Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP said: “The decision by South Ayrshire Council to remove funding for Frank’s Law is a disgraceful way to treat some of Scotland’s most vulnerable people.
“I very much welcome Dumfries and Galloway’s health and social care integrated joint board previous commitment to delivering the policy, however it was recently revealed that in the region of £7m worth of savings remain unidentified by the board in the region for this year.
“Amanda Kopel’s years of campaigning was truly inspirational and the policy to deliver free care for those under 65 living with conditions like dementia can be a game-changer, especially in rural communities, where services can be harder to access.
“I hope that there remains the commitment to fully deliver Frank’s Law going forward to the benefit of many patients in this region.
“With continuing cuts from the SNP Government to local authority budgets, hard decisions will have to be taken, but funding for Frank’s Law should be protected going forward.”