Care of Elderly People

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 29th January 2003.

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Photo of Mary Scanlon Mary Scanlon Conservative

Question S1W-33420

To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to fine local authorities that fail to provide sufficient long-term care for elderly patients.

Photo of Frank McAveety Frank McAveety Labour

We have no such plans. The Executive provided £20 million in 2002-03 for local authority and NHS partnerships to implement Local Joint Action Plans to meet specific targets for reducing delayed discharge. Latest figures for delayed discharge are the lowest since counting began. Our emphasis is on joint responsibility and partnership between the NHS and local authorities, and for whole systems approaches to ensuring the right range of services is in place locally to support older people. Our national range and capacity review of community care services for older people will include a strategic review of the care home sector, and we expect this work to support the activities of partnerships locally.

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