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Hume hits out at continuing care decision

May 2, 2014 5:34 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrats have hit out as SNP Government plans toJim HumeJim Hume remove in future Continuing Care funding for those being treated for at home.

The announcement came today as the Scottish Government published its review into Continuing Care which was commissioned following revelations that many who should have been eligible were being charged fees.

Commenting, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP said:

"This is not the outcome that anyone was expecting to the review into Continuing Care. This is a backwards step which goes against all that the Scottish Government has said about spending to save. By removing continuing care costs for people receiving treatment at home for complex care, the Scottish Government is effectively chaining people to a hospital bed when they could be in the community.

"We need a patient-centred approach which works for patients, many of them older, and their families. Many will not understand why more people will face a bill in Scotland, when in England more and more people are benefiting from the package. In a week where the SNP defended falling bed numbers because more people are being treated at home this seems all the more contradictory. If the SNP is serious about providing for Scotland's ageing population in a way which reduces strain on our NHS and supports those who need it, they must reconsider this recommendation."