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Nursing care plan must be improved

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RCN Scotland has backed a report calling for better planning of free personal and nursing care.

An Audit Scotland review concluded that if demand for the service grows as predicted it will need to be managed and financed more effectively than at present.

Theresa Fyffe, RCN Scotland director, said: ‘If this does not happen, we believe more older people will end up in acute hospital care. That’s not what they want and would be a false economy for Scotland.’

Free personal and nursing care was introduced to Scotland in 2001 to provide long-term care of the over-65s and those of all ages in nursing care homes.

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