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RCN Scotland comment on Audit Scotland report on health and social care integration

15 Nov 2018

New report published today (15 November) highlights how collaboration is improving outcomes for patients but concerns remain around planning and funding for integrated health and social care services, says RCN Scotland.

Today (15 November) the Auditor General and the Accounts Commission have published 'Health and Social Care Integration: an update on progress'.

Commenting on the update, Theresa Fyffe, Director, Royal College of Nursing Scotland said:

“We know the integration of health and social care is the right thing to do and it’s good to see Audit Scotland reporting that, in some areas, collaboration is making a difference in improving outcomes for patients.

"We have raised concerns around the need to improve strategic and financial planning and to strengthen clinical and care governance for some time now. Integration authorities, NHS Boards and local authorities need to ensure the right staff and the right services are in place and the lines of accountability are clear.

"Nursing is at the core of delivering this and the voice of our nurse leaders must be listened to.”

Page last updated - 15/11/2018