PUBLIC Consultation Over How To Close Major Health And Social Care Funding Gap

1 March, 2024 | Local, Noticeboard

INVERCLYDE Health and Social Care Partnership is looking for public views over how to save £5.2million over the next two years.

The partnership, which delivers community health and social care services across Inverclyde, is facing a significant budget gap for the first time.

Inverclyde HSCP is to review how it delivers services, and residents are being warned that “some difficult decisions” are ahead.

An online survey to get feedback has gone live and can be found at www.inverclyde.gov.uk/yoursay

Three themes guide the budget-saving process:

— Cost price increases: charging more for paid-for services. Proposals include increasing community alarm costs or charging more for day services and transport.

— Service redesign: thinking about how things can be done differently with less. Proposals include reviewing management roles and integrated services.

— Service reductions: reducing or even removing services. Proposals include reviewing adult self-directed suppors, homemaker and anti-poverty services.

Councillor Robert Moran, chair of the Inverclyde Integration Joint Board (IJB), said: “The HSCP is in a really tough position; £5.2m is a considerable amount of money to find, especially when our services are already stretched.

“We remain committed to protecting our service users, staff, and partners and will work hard to find efficiencies and new ways of working to continue to support those that need us the most. Understanding what matters most to residents and our staff will go a long way in helping the board make its final decisions.

“Across Scotland, HSCPs face financial challenges, so Inverclyde is not alone in facing difficult decisions.

The HSCP is funded by Inverclyde Council and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

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