Social care ‘needs cash’
The integration of health and social care is underfunded and lacks a longterm financial strategy, a Holyrood committee has been told.
The budget shortfall means the required shift in the balance of care will take longer to achieve, according to the authorities set up to oversee the change. The concerns were set out in a written submission to the health committee by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy’s integration group, which is comprised of Scottish integration authority chief finance officers (CFOs).
The integration authorities are responsible for joining up services provided by the NHS, councils and others to shift care from hospital to community settings.
They said there is evidence the £8billion budget is not enough. The Prince of Wales will represent the Queen at the opening of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.
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