On 23rd November my Private Member’s Bill, the Access to Welfare (Terminal Illness Definition) Bill, has its Second Reading. This Bill will help more terminally ill people to access financial support they are entitled to quickly and in a dignified manner.
The Bill essentially changes the definition of terminal illness so that a registered medical practitioner can decide if someone is terminally ill. This will replace current legislation which determines that a person is terminally ill only if they suffer from “a progressive disease and their death as a consequence of that disease can be reasonably expected within 6 months”.
The current definition of terminal illness is failing many people at the most vulnerable moment in their life. Consequently, I am asking MPs to join me in signing a letter asking the Government to bring forward the proposals in my Bill. This will ensure all terminally ill people can spend their final days without the stress and anxiety of wondering how they will pay their bills.
These changes received cross-party support in Scotland so there should be no reason why the same cannot be done in the UK Parliament.
You can view the letter here.