of community care policy.
That was the message from Scottish health and social work minister Sam Galbraith in a recent speech to the
Scottish Housing with Support Conference.
the service who suffers. It is our duty to make sure that this happens as rarely as possible.
'Joint working has improved significantly since the community
care reforms were introduced. There is much still to be done and we
should not become complacent.
'I am committed to ensuring that agencies work better, both
individually and, more importantly, collectively. I will continue to
encourage improvements in this.
'But the ultimate responsibility rests with you - with local
authorities, health boards and housing agencies, together with
providers. I look to you to ensure that people - most of whom are
vulnerable and rely on you to make a difference to their lives - gain
from joint working across the community care spectrum.
'I hope what I have said gives you an indication of the
government's commitment to community care. It is a complex policy
area and many vulnerable people are relying on us getting it right.
Working together effectively is crucial to the task.'
Mr Galbraith also commented:
'The government recognise the importance of properly planned
care, support and accommodation that is required to facilitate
successful discharge of patients from hospital.
'The growth in community-based support services and in
housing for vulnerable individuals and groups have assisted the
government's aims of supporting people at home where that is their
choice and, of course, where that is best for them.
'Our position on discharges from hospital care is unaltered.
'No patient should be discharged from NHS continuing care
unless alternative care, accommodation and support services are
available and properly resourced.'