Government must lay out plans for national falls strategy

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today repeated calls for the Scottish Government to begin work on a national falls strategy in collaboration with local authorities and stakeholders, after the SNP accepted a Lib Dem amendment calling for the Government to report on progress on the stategy.

The government accepted a previous amendment to introduce a national falls strategy put forward by the Liberal Democrats and backed by the Parliament on 2 March 2017. However, so far there has been no progress.

Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

“When I chaired the Scottish Older People’s Assembly, I was shocked to learn that their greatest concern was fear of falling.

“The Scottish Government need to work with local authorities to devise a falls strategy which looks at the risk of falling in every aspect of life.

“The Scottish Government have accepted my calls for a National Falls Strategy to address these concerns and try to make our communities more open and welcoming for those at risk of falling down. Now they have to lay out detailed plans on how they will deliver on this commitment.”

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