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Terminally-ill Noel Conway has vowed to appeal against a legal decision which has denied him a say over how and when he will die. The 67-year-old retired lecturer from Shrewsbury, who says he feels "entombed" by his motor neurone disease, is dependent on a ventilator and was not at the…
A man who feels "entombed" by a terminal illness has taken his "fight for choice at the end of life" to the High Court. Noel Conway, a 67-year-old grandfather and retired lecturer, is challenging the current law on assisted dying. Mr Conway (pictured), from Shrewsbury, was diagnosed with motor neurone…
The Scottish Conservatives will lodge legislation to extend free care to under-65s with conditions such as dementia at Holyrood today. A member's bill brought forward by Tory MSP Miles Briggs seeks to implement the so-called Frank's Law, named after footballer Frank Kopel. Mr Briggs will be joined at the launch…
People with motor neurone disease (MND) have to shell out almost £10,000 because of costs associated with the disease. A new cost analysis from the think tank Demos showed that the average patient needs £9,645 every year to pay for their additional needs. Bills for care, extra assistance around the…
Applications are now open for a £50,000 scholarship fund set up in memory of a Scottish motor neurone disease (MND) campaigner. The Gordon Aikman Scholarship will support research into the condition and develop practical improvements in the way people with MND are cared for. Aikman was director of research for…
Former Scotland rugby international Doddie Weir has revealed he is battling motor neurone disease (MND). The 46-year-old said he decided to announce his diagnosis to raise awareness of the condition. He is now joining forces with researchers at the University of Edinburgh to help tackle the degenerative condition, which occurs…
A motor neurone disease sufferer has taken his battle against the law on assisted dying to the Court of Appeal. Earlier this month, retired college lecturer Noel Conway was refused permission to bring a judicial review over the blanket ban on providing a person with assistance to die. Mr Conway,…
Thousands of disabled people who suffer from progressively worsening conditions will face reassessment for their benefits this year, new figures show. Campaigners and MPs are now demanding changes to stop those with such conditions being repeatedly reassessed to claim personal independence payments (PIP). Between April and October, 3,500 people suffering…
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