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S5W-16585: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 15 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reports that hospices aim to match its plan to increase NHS pay, what discussions it has had with the hospice sector regarding what financial support it can offer so that hospices do not have to rely on asking for additional public donations or have to reduce services; whether it plans to provide such funding and, if so, how much.

Answered by: Shona Robison 29 May 2018

Under the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014, it is the responsibility of Integration Authorities to plan and deliver services for their area using the integrated budgets under their control. This includes hospice and palliative and end of life care services.

In April 2018, representatives from the Integration Authorities Chief Officers Group and Scottish Government officials met with representatives from independent Hospices to discuss how consider how best to use previous guidance to inform future arrangements.

At this meeting a way forward was agreed between Chief Officers and hospice representatives, for examining previous guidance to pave the way for establishing updated arrangements between independent Hospices and Integration Authorities.