People with temporary mobility problems could be provided with a wheelchair for short-term use under proposed new legislation.

The NHS does not currently have a duty to provide short-term wheelchairs to anyone with a mobility problem expected to last for less than six months.

Criteria to access NHS wheelchair services states the mobility need must be permanent.

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A freedom of information request by Labour MSP, Jackie Baillie, found only one NHS wheelchair provider in Scotland who was prepared to provide one on a short-term basis - and only in specific circumstances.

There is no set criteria for how wheelchairs are provided in the short-term, but Ms Baillie, who is launching a private members Bill calling for new legislation, added: “Mobility is something that we often taken for granted.

“Being mobile enables us to enjoy our freedom and autonomy, to go out to work, to get about our local community and to visit friends.”