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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13474: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether each local authority should provide a home care service that includes stoma care.

Answered by: Shona Robison 9 January 2018

The Scottish Government has overall responsibility for health and social care policy in Scotland, however the statutory responsibility for delivering or commissioning services at a local level lies with local authorities, NHS boards and integrated health and social care partnerships. Operational decisions, including whether each local authority should provide stoma care, and the frequency of any visits for stoma care, are therefore matters for these bodies.

Local Authorities have a duty to ensure that the resources available are used in the most effective way to meet the care needs of individuals within their area. This includes ensuring contingency plans are in place to minimise disruption to the service user; and that the contingency plans also respect the dignity and safety of the service user as is their basic human right.