Date lodged: 3 November 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its strategy is to transfer the delivery of services currently provided by acute care to the community in rural and remote areas.
Answered by: Shona Robison 14 November 2017
The integration of health and social care is one of the most significant reforms since the establishment of the NHS. It will ensure that those who use services get the right care and support whatever their needs, at any point in their care journey. Integration brings together £8.5bn of spend previously managed separately by the NHS and local authorities. Responsibility for this rests with Integration Authorities across Scotland and through their strategic commissioning plans they will place a greater emphasis on community-based, anticipatory and preventative care. This approach aims to improve care and support for those who use health and social care services and equips our services for the challenges the future will bring.