Prestatyn woman pushes for change in law for vulnerable adults

Published date: 24 January 2014 |
Published by: Stephanie Price
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A PRESTATYN resident has succeeded in pushing forward demand for a bill of protection for vulnerable adults who suffer with diseases such as dementia and altzeimers.

Patricia Marland, 63, started a petition when her husband was diagnosed with Pick’s disease seven years ago, which is a build up of protein in the brain, causing personality changes and vulnerability among other symptoms.

Patricia spent months walking the streets of North Wales, collecting a massive 11,000 signatures but was told only an online petition with 100,000 signatures would suffice.

She said: “They said the signatures I had already collected would not contribute towards it. All the hard work I’d done and they wouldn’t allow me to use them.”
Vale of Clwyd MP, Chris Ruane, helped Patricia’s cause by sending her petition to health chiefs in Cardiff and to Westminster.

Mr Ruane said: “I would like to congratulate Mrs Marland on collecting so many signatures on the petition.

“It is an absolutely fantastic achievement and she should be extremely proud of this.
Mrs Marland has now received a response from the Welsh Government saying they will be bringing a bill into force that will require local authorities to make inquiries where they suspect an adult who has care and support needs is at risk of abuse or neglect.

Patricia said: “I’d really like to thanks businesses and the public for all the support I’ve been given, I couldn’t have got through this without them. I don’t want anyone to go through what I’ve been through and now no one has to.

“This law will be a big relief for everybody. For me it is like a new start to my life getting this off my hands after all the stress.”

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