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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-02578
Asked by: Alex Rowley, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 31 August 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide support to Fife Health and Social Care Partnership, in light of reports of rising waiting times for the provision of home care packages to people assessed with such a need.

Current status: Answered by Kevin Stewart on 7 September 2021


Answer

We are in daily contact with Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCPs), and are monitoring the situation closely, including in Fife HSCP. Health Boards and HSCPs have provided assurances that people in need of the most urgent care will continue receiving care during this challenging period.

We are working with local partners to address these pressures at a local and national level, including putting in place measures to support recruitment and multi-disciplinary working. Some of the immediate actions we have taken include: funding support to advertise vacant posts on a dedicated social care webpage; and targeted communication with Further and Higher Education nursing students and Social Work students, to encourage applications to join the workforce.

Further, we have allocated an additional £380 million to Health Boards to help with costs arising from the pandemic. This comes on top of the £1.7 billion already provided to Health Boards and Health and Social Care Partnerships last year.