NCHA: proposals raise question of confidence

Posted on January 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The result of the vote following the January 25 debate in the Scottish Parliament, if carried through and implemented, could be the biggest reform since the introduction of the National Health Service in 1947. The proposal that all nursing and social care provision will be free at the point of delivery will remove a number of anomalies but, in particular, relieve many thousands of families of long-term financial anxieties who are presently penalised for past prudent and thrifty lifestyles. NCHA chairman Barry Hartley said that, while the proposal is presently directed to the people of Scotland, the pressures on Westminster to follow suit will be enormous. “This raises some very fundamental issues,” Mr Hartley said. “Cash strapped local authorities around the country are already unable to meet the recognised costs of care because of claimed underfunding by central government and its policies. Can, therefore, the public and providers have any confidence that they will fare any better when a much larger financia

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