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S5W-09801: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 20 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to each of the recommendations in the Hospice UK report, Hospice care and care homes in Scotland, and what action it plans or is taking to implement these.

Answered by: Shona Robison 17 July 2017

The Scottish Government supports the recommendations contained in the “Hospice care and care homes in Scotland” report. This report promotes closer working relationships between Scotland’s hospices and care homes to reduce inequalities and improve outcomes for those residing in care homes at the end of their lives, which is aligned with the aims of our Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care and wider programme of health and social care integration.

The Scottish Government has committed to doubling the provision of palliative care in the community by 2021. However, determining specific actions to address each of the report’s recommendations will be a matter for the relevant Integration Authority in each area, according to the needs and circumstances of the local population.