A report by Leonard Cheshire has revealed that a third of Scottish councils commissioned 15-minute visits for the provision of personal care in 2016/17.

The information was discovered through a number of Freedom of Information requests sent out to Scottish councils, which showed that 5,182 people – or 31% – received visits from healthcare professionals for support with intimate care which lasted 15 minutes or less.

Of the FOI requests sent, 10 councils responded, with a further 13 providing no or unclear responses.

The charity has campaigned against flying visits for the last five years, believing that these short visits will deprive disabled people of “dignified and compassionate care.”

Leonard Cheshire’s Director for Scotland, Stuart Robertson said: “These damning figures show that many vulnerable people are being failed by the social care system. Over five thousand Scots are being subjected to degrading 15 minute visits to support them with personal care needs.

“We have to urgently address this scandal and ensure people receive the person-centred care they deserve. No one should have to choose between going to the toilet or having a cup of tea, and this practice must come to an end.”