Scotland's public services need 'urgent reform', report says

Scotland's public services must be urgently reformed if they are to meet the challenges of the future, a wide-ranging report has recommended.

Dr Keighley: ‘Wholeheartedly’ agreed that Scotland has to face up to the scale of the financial challenge
Dr Keighley: ‘Wholeheartedly’ agreed that Scotland has to face up to the scale of the financial challenge

A report by the Christie Commission, an organisation tasked with reviewing public services, said  budgets and provision will ‘buckle under the strain' if Scotland does not embrace a ‘radical’ new approach in public services.

Commission on the future delivery of public services recommended that public service providers must be required to work ‘much more closely’ in partnership to integrate service provision and improve outcomes.

It also said the reforms must empower individuals and communities receiving public services by involving them in the design and delivery of the services they use.

BMA Scotland chairman Dr Brian Keighley said he ‘wholeheartedly’ agrees that Scotland has to face up to the scale of the financial challenge.

He said: ‘There is broad agreement that there is significant scope to improve joint working and joined-up care between social care services and the NHS and it is vital that professionals working in both sectors are consulted on how best to do this.’

But he said it is important politicians, in their enthusiasm to respond to the report’s recommendations, do not get ‘bogged down’ by tribal politics.

‘They should instead look to the dedicated professionals working across the public sector to guide them on how best to make the changes and achieve the savings needed without compromising on the service or care provided to the public,’ he said.

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