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Cabinet Secretary answers questions on shifting the balance of care

Type: News Item Date Published: 21st July 2017

In a letter to the Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee, Shona Robison MSP has outlined the Government's long term plans with regard to shifting the balance of care from acute to community health settings.

In a letter to the Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee, Shona Robison MSP has outlined the Government's long term plans with regard to shifting the balance of care from acute to community health settings.

Asked over what timescale the Government expects to create a visible shift in the balance of care, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport said:

"We will shift the balance of care by increasing, in every year of this Parliament, the share of the frontline NHS budget dedicated to mental health and to primary, community, and social care. By 2021-22 more than half of frontline NHS spending will be in community health settings."

The letter also notes:

  • A template has been circulated to integration authorities to enable understanding of the impact of extending the Living Wage to sleepover hours.
  • The Scottish Government intends to "increase in every year" the share of frontline funding dedicated to social care.
  • Each Integration Authority will publish its 2017-18 budget in its Annual Financial Statement due by the end of July (or shortly after).

The Committee has published a call for evidence on priorities for future health and sport spending.

Letter from Shona Robison MSP to the Health and Sport Committee re: Integration Budgets 2017-18

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