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Free personal care in Scotland may have to end, amid public spending pressure

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4639 (Published 09 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4639
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

    Free public services such as personal care for elderly people may have to be reconsidered in Scotland as public spending comes under pressure, an influential report has warned.

    Audit Scotland calculates that if current spending levels continue, Scotland will overspend its budget by between £1.2bn (€1.3bn; $2bn) and £2.9bn by 2013-14. The 2% efficiency savings target set by the Scottish government will not be enough to fill this gap.

    The Scottish budget, which mostly comes in a block grant from the UK parliament, could be cut by between 7% and 13% …

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