So­cial care ‘needs cash’

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - NEWS -

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.

The prince will open the games, which will be staged on the Gold Coast next April, and read out the Queen’s mes­sage, call­ing on ath­letes to come to­gether in the spirit of friendly com­pe­ti­tion, Buck­ing­ham Palace said.

The mes­sage is con­tained in the Queen’s Ba­ton, which is on a 388-day jour­ney across all the na­tions and ter­ri­to­ries of the

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