National Care Service Bill

National Care Service Bill

By 2048 in Scotland, nearly 10,000 more people a year are likely to need palliative care, and the care they need will be much more complex. A substantial proportion of the current health and social care budget is spent caring for people as they approach the end of life (unscheduled care alone costs NHS Scotland nearly £190 million a year). Palliative care spans across health and social care and is delivered by multiple agencies, including the vital contribution made by the third sector such as charitable hospices. How is the National Care Service Bill going to be developed to recognise and respond to this growing need for palliative and end of life care, AND ensure the essential contribution of the third sector is recognised, valued and given an equal voice?


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