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PE01499: Creating suitable respite services for younger disabled adults with life-limiting conditions


Petitioner: Robert Watson on behalf of CHAS Young Adult Council (YAC)


Date Lodged: 24 October 2013

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to work with charities to help create suitable respite facilities to support younger (aged between 21 and 45) disabled adults with life shortening conditions. Together, they should be working with other hospices and care providers to see if some could provide facilities for younger adults, or better still they should be committing funds towards creating new purpose built facilities for this age group.

Petition History:


26 November 2013: The Committee took evidence from Robert Watson, Chairperson, and Kyle Kelly, Member, What About Us? campaign group. The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, a selection of local authorities, NHS Scotland, the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, COSLA and relevant Cross-Party Groups. The Committee also agreed to hold a Chamber debate on the petition. Link to Official Report 26 November 2013 (515KB pdf)

Below: Robert Watson giving evidence on 26 November 2013


18 February 2014: The Committee agreed to refer the petition, under Rule 15.6.2, to the Health and Sport Committee. The Committee also agreed to issue reminders to the organisations that did not respond to the Committee’s initial request for views. Link to Official Report 18 February 2014 (463KB pdf)

4 March 2014: The Health and Sport Committee agreed to keep the petition open and to consider its approach at a future meeting. Link to Official Report 4 March 2014 (619KB pdf)

The Committee considered the petition as part of its inquiry into Palliative Care. A report on the inquiry was published on 25 November 2015.

2 February 2016: The Health and Sport Committee agreed to close the petition. Link to Official Report 2 February 2016

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