Health and so­cial care chal­lenges

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

Sir, It is plain for all to see that we in Scot­land, and par­tic­u­larly in Ar­gyll and Bute, face grow­ing prob­lems with health and so­cial care.

In fact it is a prob­lem that is raised by my con­stituents on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Un­for­tu­nately the SNP has been less than ef­fi­cient when im­ple­ment­ing changes to our health and so­cial care.

A re­port by Au­dit Scot­land has stated that while lim­ited progress had been made in im­ple­ment­ing self-di­rected sup­port, there was still much more to be done.

Keep in mind that the decade-long strat­egy is now in its sev­enth year, yet many ser­vice users were still to ex­pe­ri­ence change.

The self-di­rected sup­port ini­tia­tive was launched back in 2010 and was de­signed, at least in theory, to al­low in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies, rather than so­cial work­ers, to make the ma­jor­ity of de­ci­sions in re­la­tion to their care.

It was ar­gued at the time that this would im­prove a num­ber of ar­eas, in­clud­ing dig­nity for ser­vice users and the abil­ity to make in­formed choices.

Age Scot­land has also stated that peo­ple need more in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to how they can ac­cess that per­sonal sup­port.

It is not clear why, after the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment made this change in leg­is­la­tion, it has yet to al­low many peo­ple to have more con­trol over the sup­port.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment is seven years into a 10-year strate Min­is­ter, gy, yet it is leav­ing far too many peo­ple be­hind and tak­ing far too long in en­sur­ing th­ese op­tions are avail­able to everyone.

In fu­ture, the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment needs to do a lot more to sup­port th­ese vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple and do it quicker. With Scot­land’s de­mo­graph­ics chang­ing ev­ery year and the el­derly pop­u­la­tion grow­ing - par­tic­u­larly in Ar­gyll and Bute - ig­nor­ing this is­sue is not an op­tion. Coun­cil­lor Alas­tair Red­man, Isle of Is­lay

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