The health service in Scotland could face a £1.8bn shortfall in less than five years

Working with clients in Scotland today’s report is not surprising and suggests reform and change needs to happen quicker at some speed. Greater integration, less reliance on hospital care and more services at community and general practice level. But how is this going to be achieved?

As reported in the BBC website, The health service in Scotland could face a £1.8bn shortfall in less than five years if it is not reformed, the public spending watchdog has said.

Audit Scotland’s annual report said the NHS was “seriously struggling to become financially sustainable”. Audit Scotland has released a report concerning the NHS in Scotland, suggesting that there ‘needed to be large-scale “system-wide reform” that led to less reliance on hospitals and more care delivered through GP practices or community-based organisations’. The findings also suggest that the NHS is “seriously struggling to become financially sustainable”.

Reform is needed, but closer integration with each health care service might also be useful here – an emphasis on patient care in the community is good for all and may cut needless hospital costs. Maybe correct working at scale from community roots upwards would be financially beneficial?

What’s your thoughts on the situation in Scotland and how is it best improved?