Scotland lambasts integration leaders

Transformational change in health and social care is not being achieved in part due to the leadership in the organisations set up to deliver integration not exercising the powers given to them according to a report by the Health and Sport Committee.

There are 31 integration authorities across Scotland, bringing together NHS and local council social care services. MSPs found that leadership in some of these bodies was failing to deliver the transformational change required, and that the best practice in some areas was not being replicated in others. This is just one of the conclusions that has been reached by the Committee which has been looking at areas they wish to be included in the Scottish Government’s health budget for 2019/20.

The Committee found it unacceptable that integration authorities, who are responsible for spending around £8 billion in public funds, are taking decisions on spend without any link to health and social care outcomes or assessing the effectiveness of their spend.

The Committee’s report has been published in advance of the Scottish Government’s 2019/20 budget so that the Government is given an opportunity to consider implementing the recommendations as part of their spending plans.

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