Scottish Labour pledges national care charter for elderly

Posted on 01 April 2011

The Scottish Labour Party has said it will support the recommendations of an expert care group if it comes to power, which could benefit people who are paying for long term care in the country.

Party leader Iain Gray pledged to establish a national charter for care to address the needs of the ageing population, after Sir John Arbuthnot's group said the number of over-65s in Scotland is due to rise by 70 per cent in the next 25 to 30 years.

Labour intends to integrate health and social care into a single organisation with one dedicated budget, with services for older people delivered at a local level.

"Too often we expect the most vulnerable of our citizens at the most difficult time in their lives to negotiate a maze of bureaucracy just to get the care everyone knows they need," said Mr Gray.

Meanwhile, Scotland's only political party dedicated to the needs of the elderly, the All Scotland Pensioners Party, was recently relaunched in Motherwell.

Posted by Natalie Edwards

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