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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-10838: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 21 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to tackle the challenges presented to the NHS by the ageing population of the Scottish Borders in light of the report, Household Projections for Scotland, 2014-based, published by the National Records of Scotland, which predicts that the number of households in the region headed by someone aged over 75 will increase by 83% between 2014 and 2039.

Answered by: Shona Robison 13 September 2017

The Scottish Government published the Health and Social Care Delivery Plan in December 2016. This plan set out our vision for enhancing our health and social care services so the people of Scotland can live longer, healthier lives at home or in a homely setting.

The integration of health and social care plays a key part in realising this vision by placing a greater emphasis on community-based and more joined-up, anticipatory and preventative care, which will equip our services for future challenges. Scottish Borders Health and Social Care Partnership's strategic commissioning plan sets out how they plan to work collaboratively to redesign services to improve the wellbeing of communities taking account of the impact of population changes both now and in future.