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Scotland voices almost universal support for Anne’s Law

Consultation respondents have voiced almost unanimous support for the introduction of Anne’s Law in Scotland.

Anne’s Law follows a Care Home Relatives Scotland Petition: PE1841, lodged by Natasha Hamilton, who was unable to see her mother, Anne Duke, for prolonged periods during the height of the pandemic. The petition called on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to allow a designated visitor into care homes to support loved ones.

The consultation had two parts:  

  • Part 1: Consultation on Strengthening the Health and Social Care Standards to support people who live in adult care homes to maintain family and friendship connections
  • Part 2: Consultation on Proposals for Delivering Anne’s Law: supporting people who live in adult care homes to maintain family and friendship connections

For part one consultation proposals, there was virtually unanimous support for the overall aim of the proposals, which is that people living in adult care homes should have the right to see and spend time with those who are important to them to support their health and wellbeing.  

In total 87 per cent of respondents felt that existing standards should be replaced or strengthened with new legislation.  Respondents suggest that the proposals would have a number of benefits, including quality of life for residents; protection of their human rights; and mental, emotional and physical health and wellbeing.

Challenges include the need for all homes to apply the standards consistently and a perceived blame culture. The key risk was identified as the introduction of infections into care homes. Many, however, thought this risk was minimal given vaccinations, increased testing, and enhanced infection prevention control.  

Regarding part 2, again, respondents were almost unanimously in agreement with the overall aim of the consultation, which is that people living in adult care homes should have the right to see and spend time with those who are important to them in order to support their health and wellbeing.  

Respondents also took the opportunity of the consultation to comment again on their own experiences of family members being isolated in care home settings over the course of the pandemic and to reiterate that a similar situation cannot arise again.

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