Scotland's NHS care services may introduce fees

Posted on 04 July 2011

People choosing a care home in Scotland have been warned that fees may need to be introduced for some services currently available free of charge.

Local government leaders are considering charging for personal care, in spite of pledges to retain free personal and nursing care for over-65s, the Scotsman reports.

Douglas Yates, health and wellbeing spokesman of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, said the current system is "not sustainable" due to the ageing population.

"The reality is that, with the age of baby-boomers who are coming up to pensionable age at this particular point in time, we'll need to be looking at a different system and perhaps charging," the newspaper reports him as saying.

Free personal and nursing care was introduced in Scotland in 2002, but the costs associated with the policy have almost doubled in the last decade.

Meanwhile, south of the border, a report from Andrew Dilnott has recommended a package of measures to help people who expect to be paying for care in their old age.

Posted by Natalie Edwards


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