The Health and Social Care Integration Bill on which the Scottish Government consulted in 2012 was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 29th May 2013, however, the title has been changed and is now the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill.
The integration of health and social care is intended to provide joined up services in the fields of health and social care.
The Alliance has produced a briefing on the Bill which outlines their position which may be helpful to third sector organisations when considering the content of the Bill.
They express concern that the Bill does not fully reflect the direction of Scottish Government Policy, which is for stronger engagement of the third sector in the planning and delivery of services, and for co-production between providers and recipients of services. There is also some disappointment that unlike the Reshaping Care for Older People (RCOP) Change Plans the Bill contains no requirement for the third sector to be a signatory to plans.
In their response the Alliance point out that
“The requirement for the third sector to be a signatory to the local Change Plan has been a significant enabler of the cultural change evidenced in the Reshaping Care for Older People (RCOP) Change Fund process.”
Read the briefing on the Alliance website.
Read the Bill on the Scottish Pariliament website.