The Scottish Government has opened its consultation on legislation to integrate health and social care services. This will run till 31st July.
The Government’s plan on health and social care integration legislation will not include the creation of a new body that merges NHS and local authority social care services. Instead, the main characteristics of new system will be:
- Reform of the current Community Health Partnerships, making them the joint responsibility of the NHS and councils, as well as accountable to the government and local authority leaders.
- NHS Boards and local authorities to be required to produce integrated budgets for older people’s services to bring an end to the ‘cost-shunting’ that currently exists.
- A smaller proportion of resources, in terms of money and staff, to be directed towards institutional care, with more resources invested in community provision.
You can find full information about the consultation on the Scottish Government’s website.
Age Scotland will be holding two health and social care panel events with member groups and supporters over the summer, the aim of which is to hear views from older people on the proposed bill and to discuss if anything is missing from the proposals. You are warmly invited to attend:
When: 24th July
Where: Broomlands & Bourtreehill Age Concern, Irvine, Ayrshire
When: 26th July
Where: Dumfries, venue TBC
As more details become available we will update this blog and our website. If you would like to attend one of the panels, please email Senior Policy and Parliamentary Officer Callum Chomczuk or call him on 0845 521 2457.
As well as these events, we are keen to hear your views about health and social care services; be it the cost of residential accommodation, the lack of public transport to get you to appointments or simply a poor quality service. Your views as an older service user will help us to shape our consultation response, so if you have an opinion please do tell us.
If you are interested in sharing your views email Senior Policy and Parliamentary Officer Callum Chomczuk or call him on 0845 521 2457. You can also leave a comment on this post – we’d be very interested to hear your thoughts.