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All bodies involved in the integration of health and social care services need to work together better if it is to make a “meaningful difference” to people in Scotland, according to a report.A new publication from public spending watchdog Audit Scotland found there is still a long way to go…
A private company hired to perform various back-office tasks for the NHS in England has been slammed after it emerged that more than 40,000 women had not been sent the appropriate smear test information.The British Medical Association (BMA) claimed that up to 48,500 women have not received information regarding cervical…
Health and social care services in Clackmannanshire and Stirling are performing well at present but need to work together more effectively as partners to meet the needs of people in their communities, now and in the future.That is the key message from a joint inspection carried out by inspectors from…
Also known as bed-blocking, delayed discharge happens when patients are medically fit to return home but unable to leave hospital, frequently due to the lack of a social care package.Official statistics show 1,529 people were affected at the September census point, the most since October 2016 when 1,576 patients were…
NHS Scotland is planning to consolidate its IT systems into one in a move it hopes will cut waiting times and improve patient care. The health service has signed a deal with Microsoft to bring together more than one hundred separate computer systems into one with the aim of improving…
The spending decisions and leadership of key organisations set up to transform care in Scotland have been questioned by MSPs. Holyrood’s Health Committee has been examining the work of integration authorities (IAs), which were established in 2016 to bring together health and social care in to a single, integrated system.…
Welsh Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has announced £1.7m funding for a Cwmtawe project to develop new models of health and social care.The funding comes from the £100m Transformation Fund to support key actions from the Welsh Government’s long term plan for health and social care, A Healthier Wales.The Cwmtawe Cluster…
Plans to deliver a seamless health and social care system, which supports people to live healthy and independent lives, will receive a £180m funding boost next year, Ministers have announced.Health and Social Services Secretary, Vaughan Gething and Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies set out their…
The Government still lacks an effective overall strategy to integrate the health and social care sectors, while financial pressures on local authorities mean there is "no realistic prospect of progress", MPs have warned.The country's ageing population has led to a widespread consensus that integration and joint working is the right…
Wales Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has announced the first project to be backed by the £100m Transformation Fund, to develop new models of health and social care. Developed by the Cardiff and Vale Regional Partnership Board, the Me, My Home, My Community project integrates health and social care to bring…
Wales Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has announced £5 million will be spent this financial year to help relieve pressure on critical care units across Wales this winter. The £5m is part of the new £15m annual funding for critical care the Welsh Government announced in July 2018. The £15m fund…
Patients will be left "stranded" in hospitals and GP waiting rooms unless more money is found for social care, leading medics have warned.In a letter to the Chancellor ahead of the budget, leading British healthcare groups warned that more money needs to be ploughed into social care and public health…
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