Scottish government unveils plan to better integrate health and social care

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 19 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d8228
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

Doctors in Scotland are to be given a greater role in developing services for elderly people under plans to improve the integration of adult health and social care services.

Legislation is to be introduced to create more effective health and social care organisations to replace community health partnerships, which have been criticised for failing to improve the care of elderly people.

The new health and social care partnerships will be expected to deliver on a set of national outcomes, including reducing numbers of emergency admissions to hospital and delayed discharges. Budgets will be integrated across the NHS and local government services. Resources are also to be transferred from …

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