£31.5million for improved social care
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.