Is the cabinet secretary aware that people are dying while they wait for care, that there is a high turnover of care staff, that an unreliable and poor-quality service is being provided and that there is a lack of training for those care staff who have to provide services for people with a range of conditions from autism to dementia? What share will the council receive of the allocation that she has made of £250 million for extra care services?
I deeply regret anyone having to wait longer than necessary to receive their care package. We will continue to work with all councils, including the City of Edinburgh Council, to improve provision.
I will set out some of the work that has been done with the City of Edinburgh Council. The council has been allocated an additional £8.19 million for 2015-16 from the integrated care fund and over £2.4 million in additional investment this year to help to reduce delayed discharge from hospital. As Sarah Boyack will be aware, the council will receive its share of the £250 million in additional funding that was announced by John Swinney in his draft budget, which will be laid out once agreement has been reached. In addition to all that, we have offered the City of Edinburgh Council additional support of £2 million in return for improvements to social care in Edinburgh.
I am clear that improvements need to be made, and there have been a number of senior personnel changes that will help with the delivery of those improvements. The Government has been supporting the City of Edinburgh Council to make the improvements that it needs to make and has given it additional resources to help it to do that.
Does the cabinet secretary know how much NHS Lothian proposes to contribute to the integration joint board with the City of Edinburgh Council? The same question applies to other health boards across Scotland. If she does not know that, how does she know that Edinburgh’s share of the £250 million will be additional rather than simply netted off what NHS Lothian is planning to give the integration joint board?
Let me be very clear on the first point. All of the £250 million will be routed through national health service boards to the integrated partnerships. The breakdown of that £250 million and what it will deliver are subject to detailed negotiations with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities that are going on at the moment. We want to make sure that as much of that resource as possible delivers on the priorities that we all want to see addressed in terms of additional capacity and the improvements in the sector that we all agree need to be made. I hope that Malcolm Chisholm will support us in those efforts.