The consultation sets out proposals to inform and change the way that the NHS and Local Authorities work together and in partnership with the third and independent sectors. Proposals include changes to how adult health and social care services are planned and delivered, aiming towards a seamless experience from the perspective of the patient, service user or carer. It also outlines improvements to integrating health and social care services which are not limited to older people, but extend to all adult health and social care services.
The consultation asks for views on new legislation that will be introduced in order to enable the changes that Ministers propose.
A partial equalities impact assessment (EQIA) and partial business regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) has been incorporated within the document. The Scottish Government welcomes feedback on the equalities impact of the proposals presented, and the effect they may have on different sectors of the population. We also wecome views regarding the impact that the proposals may have on businesses.