£31.5mil­lion for im­proved so­cial care

Rutherglen Reformer - - Memory Lane -

An ex­tra £55.1mil­lion has been awarded to NHS La­nark­shire as it rolls out fur­ther sup­port ser­vices for el­derly and dis­abled peo­ple liv­ing at home.

Scot­tish health sec­re­tary Shona Ro­bi­son con­firmed that NHS La­nark­shire’s bud­get will in­crease by 5.2 per cent in 2016/17 to £1.1 bil­lion.

The up­lift in­cludes £31.5 mil­lion for in­vest­ment in so­cial care as part of the wider in­te­gra­tion of health and so­cial care ser­vices across Scot­land.

Ms Ro­bi­son said:“This fund­ing will al­low peo­ple to be sup­ported to main­tain their in­de­pen­dence for as long as pos­si­ble, in their own homes and com­mu­ni­ties and mean that fewer peo­ple need to go to hos­pi­tal to re­ceive care. Where hos­pi­tal care is nec­es­sary and ap­pro­pri­ate, they will spend less time there and re­turn home more quickly.”

She added: “We’re clear that peo­ple in La­nark­shire should have ac­cess to the right care, in the right place, at the right time. With this in­crease in fund­ing, health boards are be­ing given more sup­port to achieve this.”

NHS Greater Glas­gow and Clyde was awarded an ad­di­tional £59.4m to in­vest in so­cial care, tak­ing its to­tal bud­get to £2.08m.

The in­te­gra­tion of health and so­cial care is due to come into full force on April 1.

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