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Scotland confirms law on care home visiting rights

Scotland’s minister for mental wellbeing and social care Kevin Stewart has repledged Government support for Anne’s law, which will give care home residents in Scotland a legal right to visitors.

The pledge came after Anne Duke, whom Anne’s law is named after, recently passed away.

In a parliamentary exchange, Stewart said that the nation’s visiting policy, Open with Care—Supporting Meaningful Contact in Care Homes, was working to restore visiting to care homes, although he accepted that there are still some difficulties with outbreaks in certain places. “Even when there is an outbreak, there are still ways for relatives to have access to their loved ones in care homes,” he said.

The development of Anne’s law followed a Care Home Relatives Scotland Petition: PE1841. This petition was lodged by Natasha Hamilton, who was unable to see her mother, Anne Duke, for prolonged periods during the height of the pandemic. 

Following a consultation, the Scottish Government  has committed to deliver Anne’s Law within the Fairer, Greener Scotland: Programme for Government 2021-22, which was launched on 7 September.


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