On Thursday 22 March, campaigners from across Scotland descended on the Scottish Parliament to show policy and decision makers how important it is to have health and social care services that work for older people.
On the day, over 1,000 messages of support from the Age Scotland Heal the Break campaign were handed over to Michael Matheson MSP, Minister for Public Health to show the strength of support for integrated health and social care services.
Watch Michael Matheson’s acceptance of the messages and his speech:
The minister noted that there will be a consultation launched in May on the topic of integrating health and social care into one system that works for older people. This will be an ideal opportunity for you to submit your own response to the Scottish Government on the issue. Age Scotland believes that integrated services will provide better care for older people and will also be responding to the consultation when it is released.
The morning’s event was a great success and it was fantastic to see people from all over Scotland attend, from corners of the country including Ayrshire and Aberdeen. The campaign event made it very clear that older people want a health and social care service that works for them and that the current system is broken.
The Scottish Government will respond to each and every individual that added their voice to Age Scotland’s Heal the Break campaign, and the charity will keep our supporters updated with developments on the integration of health and social care
Of course, the event couldn’t finish without a chat about how successful the campaigners had been, so everyone rounded off the morning with a cuppa and a scone. We would like to say thank you to all who attended the event – what a fantastic success!