Report Reveals Challenges Facing Health and Social Care Integration

The Scottish Government will need to overcome significant challenges if it is to achieve its aim of integrating health and social care in Scotland, a report by Audit Scotland has revealed. The Government’s policy aims to fundamentally change how services are delivered and improve outcomes for the people who use them. It believes that integrating health and social care will allow it to focus on meeting the challenges of Scotland’s aging population by shifting resources to community-based and preventative care at home, or in a homely setting. A new report for the Accounts Commission and Auditor General has reviewed the progress made to establish new integration authorities (IAs), which will be responsible for planning joint health and social care services and managing budgets totalling over £8 billion by April 2016. While 31 IAs are expected to be operational by the 1st April deadline, the report states that significant risks must be addressed if integration is to provide the subst

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