Health and Social Care

COSLA and CLD Standards Council sign new Partnership Agreement

The CLD Standards Council and COSLA are delighted to have signed our new Partnership Agreement. The commitment to allow local authority staff time to participate in the committees that drive forward the Standards Council’s work is all the more welcome in the light of the pressures that local authorities across Scotland are facing. It builds on the good practice of many councils who have supported their CLD professionals’ involvement in the CLDSC’s work and provides assurance to others considering involvement that this support will be available.

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Thu, 30/05/2019 - 16:40

COSLA comment on IJBs

Councillor Stuart Currie, COSLA’s Health and Social Care Spokesperson said: 
 
"Health and Social Care Partnerships are facing significant pressures as demand is increasing and needs are becoming more complex.
 
"COSLA highlighted this as part of the spending review through our ‘Essential Services’ campaign.
 
"Investment and reform is required to ensure we have truly integrated services that deliver better outcomes for people and shift the balance of care. 
 
"The Audit Scotland
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Thu, 11/04/2019 - 17:00

COSLA comment on Frank's Law

Councillor Stuart Currie, COSLA's Health and Social Care Spokesperson said: "The specific Scottish Government guidance for Free Personal Care has been comprehensively revised by SG working with COSLA and other partner organisations. This has also been referenced and sign-posted in the recently endorsed COSLA Non-residential Charging Guidance.

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Mon, 25/03/2019 - 18:00

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 - 01:01

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 - 14:30

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 - 17:00

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 - 17:00

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 - 17:00

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 - 10:00

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 - 17:00