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Scotland's free personal care for elderly people runs into trouble

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 22 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1470
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

    Waiting lists have emerged in Scotland to control the demand among elderly people for free personal care, a service that has been controversial since it was instituted more than four years ago.

    A statistical snapshot taken on a single day in February showed that 4005 people were waiting to be assessed and a further 709 people had been assessed but were still waiting to receive a service.

    A report published last week by the Scottish parliament's health committee found that 20 of Scotland's 32 local authorities did not have enough money to implement the policy fully. The councils estimate they need …

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