Cost of free personal care for older people in Scotland doubled in eight years

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 31 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4863
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

The cost of providing free personal and nursing care to people aged 65 or over in Scotland has more than doubled in eight years, from £219m (€250m; $330m) in 2003-04 to £458m in 2011-12, figures released by the Scottish government show.1

Most of the increased spending was the result of more people receiving services in their own homes and for longer each week, which the government said showed that the policy was successfully enabling more people with complex needs to remain in their own homes for longer.

The figures show that local authorities spent £347m in 2011-12 on providing free personal and nursing care to older people in their own homes—2.5 times the £133m spent in 2003-04. Meanwhile, local authority spending on free personal and nursing care for self …

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