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Hume warns agaist reverse in provision of overnight respite care

October 29, 2013 4:44 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has warnedJim HumeJim Hume against a reverse in the provision of respite care in Scotland. Whilst the SNP Government says the number of weeks of respite care has increased, many people across Scotland have seen a reduction in the hours of overnight respite offered to them.

Mr Hume has pointed to a reduction in the provision of overnight respite care. In 2011/12 there was a total of 66,570 overnight respite care weeks across Scotland but this fell to 65,890 in 2012/13. This totals a decrease of 680 weeks of overnight care.

Mr Hume has called on the Scottish Government to work with local authorities to ensure that carers are being given fair access to overnight respite care weeks as well as daytime respite.

Commenting, Mr Hume said:

"These figures show that overnight respite care weeks have fallen by 680 weeks in the past year. We need to ensure that there is not a reverse in the provision of this valuable respite care in Scotland. Unpaid carers do a tremendous job looking after the varying health needs of family members. It's estimated that these carers save our NHS £10 billion a year. We have a duty to support carers in delivering properly resourced overnight and daytime respite care.

"The SNP commitment to deliver 10,000 additional respite weeks has failed to materialise. Despite our cross-party intentions there is still a lot of work to do to give carers the services and support they need."