Scottish Liberal Democrats have urged SNP ministers to get a grip of integrating health and social care after figures today showed that the Scottish Government had to spend £1.4bn on unplanned hospital admissions for people aged 65 years and over.
The figures raise further concerns over the SNP’s jumbled approach to health and social care, where unplanned admissions continue to rise whilst specialist geriatric beds have been cut. Despite the increasing pressures on Scotland’s hospitals, only 28 percent of expenditure on individuals aged 65 years and over was within a social care setting.
Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP said:
“SNP ministers need to get a grip of integrating health and social care. The government’s jumbled approach has meant that specialist hospital beds have been cut whilst admissions continue to soar. This only adds further pressure on an NHS already at crisis point. Meanwhile, these figures show that only 28 percent of expenditure on older patients was within a social care setting. Older patients are unfairly bearing the brunt of the SNP Government taking its eye off the ball.
“Liberal Democrats want to create opportunity for everyone by building a stronger economy and a fairer society. That means properly funding the NHS and ensuring older people are given care in the most appropriate settings.”