Proposed Wheelchairs (Short-term access) (Scotland) Bill: consultation now open.
This Bill aims to create a statutory duty to provide an attendant controlled or occupant propelled manual wheelchair on a short-term basis, free of charge, for people who have a short-term mobility need. Currently, there is no statutory obligation on either the NHS, Health & Social Care Partnerships or local authorities to provide short-term wheelchairs. This leaves many people who have a short-term mobility need, which limits their ability to maintain their daily life, either without access to a wheelchair or having to borrow one from the voluntary sector or buy one themselves.
To contribute to the consultation survey visit the website here. Please note the consultation closes on 30th June 2019.