Health and Social Care

COSLA RESPONSE ON SELF-DIRECTED SUPPORT

Councillor Peter Johnston COSLA’s Health and Wellbeing Spokesperson said: “Self-directed Support represents a monumental change to the way social care services are designed and delivered, and this is a change which cannot be delivered overnight. The most recent Scottish Government statistical publication acknowledges this, stating that SDS will take many years to fully embed. It’s therefore important to be clear that the publication draws on data that is almost three years old, and which relates to just the second year of SDS implementation.

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Wed, 12/07/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE ON RCOT WARNING ON SCOTTISH HEALTH AND CARE

Councillor Peter Johnston COSLA’s Health and Social Work Spokesperson said: “We would absolutely agree with the Royal College of Occupational Therapy’s assessment that something has to be done to prepare the social care system for the future. Recent reductions in public funding, coupled with increasing demand for more complex care as more people live for longer, mean the truth of the matter is that without significant additional investment our system will not be sustainable. 

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Wed, 12/07/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO AGE SCOTLAND PRESS RELEASE

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Local authority social care services are coming under increasing pressure as the number of older people requiring care is growing, with their needs becoming more complex.

"Councils have to manage this rise in demand within the context of decreasing public funds. This inevitably creates challenges for our health and social care system and councils are working hard with their partners in Integration Joint Boards to assess risk, prioritise needs, and target the resources we do have in a fair and transparent manner."

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Mon, 24/04/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO OBESITY ACTION SCOTLAND PRESS RELEASE

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “A great deal of work has been done to improve the standards of school meals over the years and the 2014 joint COSLA and Scottish Government guidance ‘Better Eating, Better Learning’ contributes to both improving school food as well as the education children and young people receive about food and its contribution to health and wellbeing.

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Wed, 19/04/2017 - 16:00

COSLA SAYS ANOTHER CUT FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT WILL IMPACT ON THE HEALTH OF THE NATION

COSLA today (Thursday) said that a cut to local government funding from central government next week will have severe consequences for the health of the nation.

Speaking in advance of the Scottish Government laying out its spending plans for next year, COSLA’s Health and Wellbeing Spokesperson Councillor Peter Johnston said: “We all know that protecting the NHS does not in itself protect our health. In reality, the NHS is our service when we are sick, while what local government does every day improves and protects our health and wellbeing.

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Thu, 08/12/2016 - 08:00