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Labour party sets out plan to merge health and social care for older people in Scotland

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 01 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2106
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

The current system of caring for older people in Scotland needs to change to avoid an unsustainable burden being placed on hospital services in the near future, warns a panel commissioned by the UK Labour party to examine the proposal to merge health and social care.

The party, which polls suggest is on track to win next month’s Scottish Parliament election, has proposed a National Care Service with a single, dedicated budget.

The panel’s report says that over the past decade there has been …

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