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September 12
More fusion – and less confusion – for health and social care?

Yesterday, ENABLE Scotland submitted its response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Integration of Adult Health and Social Care.  The proposals will involve:

•    The creation of 32 new Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCPs) to replace Community Health Partnerships.  These will be the joint responsibility of NHS and local authorities

•    Integration of budgets by the NHS and local authorities to bring an end to “cost shunting”

•    Investment in more community based provision and less residential care

Like many third sector organisations, ENABLE Scotland welcomed the principals of merging the two services.  During consultation on this issue, many of our members told us that they have experienced a disjointed service from health and social care services. 

They told us that poor communication between such critical parts of their lives can cause problems that lead to significant distress, such as delayed discharge from hospital.  They know how it feels to be stuck in hospital for longer because of a lack of forward planning. 

The proposals, however, do not go far enough to ensure improved outcomes across learning disability services. 

ENABLE Scotland has called for greater clarity around how the proposals will affect groups other than older people.  We also believe that there needs to be a stronger voice for people who have learning disabilities and their parents and carers in the running of the new HSCPs.  

Click here to read our response.

Click here to read more of ENABLE Scotland’s consultation responses.

  
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