The Scottish Government has announced a £100m fund to tackle the issue of delayed discharges from hospitals. Older people with care needs who could leave hospital, but require additional support are often lingering in hospital, costing the NHS millions of pounds every year. Greater Glasgow and Clyde will receive over £13m to deal with the problem, to ensure people leave hospital when they are well enough to and will have adequate support in place.
This funding will be used to support health boards and local authorities deliver good quality care and support for people at home or in a homely setting. Details of how the money will be spent will be produced by Glasgow’s Shadow Joint Integration Board, as the integration of health and social care services in the city progresses.
A COSLA spokesperson said that:
“We will be taking a report to Council Leaders at the end of this month which will describe the investment in more detail. This new resource underpins a shared commitment between the Scottish Government and COSLA to improve performance, deliver on agreed objectives, and work with trust and reciprocity.”