Improving the future of health and social care

Section: The ALLIANCEType: News Item Date Published: 17th March 2021

Scottish Government announces public will have greater say on health and social care services.

The Scottish Government has announced that the public will have a greater say in how major decisions around health and social care services are delivered in Scotland.

New guidance will ensure NHS boards, integration joint boards and local authorities uphold their legal duty to consult and engage with local communities about major planning decisions. The approach aims to ensure lessons are learned from the COVID-19 pandemic by giving people with lived experience a say in the future of NHS Scotland and the reshaping of adult social care.

Jeane Freeman said “Community engagement and participation is vital as we look to reform health and social care services, ensuring they are fit to meet the needs of the public as we deal with the long term impact of the pandemic. This guidance will help ensure people have a greater say in decisions which affect the care they receive.”

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