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To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on (a) older and (b) disabled people from an island being placed in residential care in a location that might require them or their families to undertake (i) expensive ferry travel and (ii) journey times of at least an hour to travel to.

Answered by Jamie Hepburn (27/10/2015):

The Scottish Government has overall responsibility for health and community care policy in Scotland. It is however, for local authorities to determine the level of services that are required to meet local care needs and to arrange an appropriate range of services to meet individual care needs.

We are working with NHS boards, local authorities, and other stakeholders to drive up quality in the community to ensure appropriate social care provision is available when required.

Current Status: Answered by Jamie Hepburn on 27/10/2015
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