Health and Social Care

COSLA comment on Audit Scotland report on health and social care integration

Councillor Stuart Currie, COSLA Spokesperson for Health and Social Care said:

“As today’s report clearly states, integration is beginning to make a demonstrable improvement to the health and social care system but more needs to be done to realise its full potential. While Audit Scotland raise a number of issues with integration so far, we absolutely recognise these and the report is welcome in highlighting the challenges that lie ahead.

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Thu, 15/11/2018 - 00:01

COSLA comment on Scottish Government Financial Framework

COSLA's Spokesperson for Health and Social Care, Councillor Stuart Currie, said:

"We welcome the publication of the medium term Financial Framework which brings together the financial context for the Health and Social Care system in one place. 

"It is clear Local Government has a vital role to play in securing better health and social care outcomes for our communities. This work is a good first step but highlights that more needs to be done to understand and respond to the financial challenges facing the health and social care system. 

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Thu, 04/10/2018 - 13:30

COSLA comment on National Care Home Contract rate

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "It is not appropriate to compare the National Care Home Contract rate with the figures obtained by CEO of Renaissance Care – doing so does not reflect the reality and the complexity of care home funding.

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Fri, 14/09/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on National Care Home contract

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Care homes in Scotland have had unprecedented financial support and prioritisation from Local Government against a hugely challenging financial backdrop.
"COSLA has worked with the sector to develop a care home cost model, linked to key cost drivers, and used to determine the national care home contract fee in a clear and transparent manner that takes account of changes in cost pressures.
"This is just one recent development in councils’ long history of striving to protect care home provision.
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Thu, 13/09/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on health and social care funding packages

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Our health and social care services are facing a massive rise in demand at a time when public finances are under significant pressure.
"Councils and Integration Authorities are doing all they can to protect these essential services, but more people living longer, and requiring more complex care, inevitably means resources are spread more thinly. 
"While COSLA can’t comment on individual cases, we would want to highlight that we’ve repeatedly expressed concern about the sustainability of our health and
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Tue, 11/09/2018 - 16:00

COSLA response to Suicide Prevention Action Plan 'Every Life Matters'

The Scottish Government today published its 'Suicide Prevention Action Plan: Every Life Matters’. Responding to the Action Plan, COSLA’s Spokesperson for Health and Social Care Councillor Peter Johnston said:

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Thu, 09/08/2018 - 09:00

COSLA comment on recent Care report

A Spokesperson for COSLA said: "I think the main message coming out of today’s report is the need for urgent partnership working across the public and voluntary sector to meet the needs of our young people. They have to be the priority for us all.

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Mon, 30/07/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on CAMHs report

Councillor Peter Johnston COSLA's Health and Social Care Spokesperson said: “The achievement of good outcomes for children and young people’s mental health demands a contribution from the whole system, including the health service, local government, the third sector and beyond.  As this report demonstrates, there remain significant improvements to be made.

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Fri, 29/06/2018 - 16:00

New public health priorities for a healthier nation

Scotland is aiming to be a world leader in improving the public’s health.
The Scottish Government and COSLA have jointly published public health priorities for Scotland, aimed at focussing action across the public sector and voluntary sector and in communities. The priorities are the first milestone in a wider reform of public health.

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Thu, 14/06/2018 - 08:48

COSLA comment on social care debt based on GMB investigation figures

Councillor Peter Johnston, COSLA's Health and Wellbeing Spokesperson said: "It is undeniable that our social care services are under strain from an increase in demand and broad funding pressures on Local Government.  

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Mon, 04/06/2018 - 16:00