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Hume: Success of home care programme must be matched by Scottish Government support

April 4, 2013 1:30 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on a pilot scheme in North Lanarkshire which found thatJim HumeJim Hume elderly patients treated at home rather than hospital had better survival rates, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP said:

"North Lanarkshire Partnership is leading the way in efforts to ensure the NHS in Scotland can support Scotland's changing needs. We now need assurances that the Scottish Government will give its full support to projects like this which transfer care from hospitals into the community. The success of this study alone is reason to go forward, with better survival rates for elderly patients treated at home rather than in hospitals.

"But this is a change that cannot simply be a hop, skip and a jump from hospital to community care. Figures obtained by the Scottish Liberal Democrats have already shown that emergency admissions for older people are at their highest in ten years whilst the number of geriatric beds has dropped by a third. Failure to bring these changes in at the right pace could risk the quality of patient care particularly for older people.

"Scottish Liberal Democrats want to build a fairer society which gives our health service and communities the tools to care for our ageing population. If projects like these are to be given every chance of success, the Scottish Government must provide assurances that any forthcoming legislation to integrate health and social care is done with the fullest consideration given to the current resources of health boards and Local Authorities."