Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan joined a leading health and social care organisation at the Scottish Parliament recently to pledge support to the 2 million people in Scotland living with a long term condition, equivalent to 4 in 10 of the population.
The MSP met staff from the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE), a network organisation for national and local charities as well as people living with long term conditions, disabled people and unpaid carers.
Stuart spoke to members of ALLIANCE team about their ‘2 Million Expert Voices’ manifesto, which calls for the views and experiences of people accessing support and services to be heard effectively and used to learn and lead change in health and social care in Scotland.
He also learned more about the ALLIANCE’s programmes to support new models of care, including ALISS – A Local Information System for Scotland, which aims to make information about health and wellbeing resources within the Greenock and Inverclyde area easier to find.
Stuart McMillan MSP said
“I was happy to pledge support to Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland. The ALLIANCE support people to live well in their local communities through support, friendships and community connections.
“As the population of Scotland changes over the next 15 years our health and care services must evolve with it. The Scottish Government committed to ensuring services are of the highest quality and provide the best possible care for patients.
“While we’re already making good progress, with record numbers of staff and a record health budget of more than £13 billion, there are still areas that can be improved to support our aim of providing exemplary health services long into the future.
“This is why it is time for this strategy which will serve as the blueprint for our health and social care over the next 10 to 15 years.
“The foundation of this strategy is to provide care as locally as possible. A whole-team, community-based care approach is vital to the future of the NHS, and will mean that people continue to be treated close to home, or even in their home, in the majority of cases.”
Ian Welsh OBE, Chief Executive of the ALLIANCE said: “We welcome the chance to meet MSPs ahead of the opening of the new session of the Scottish Parliament to discuss how we can ensure that people living with long term conditions, disabled people and unpaid carers enjoy their right to live well, with support and services that put them at the centre.
To find out more about the ALLIANCE, visit www.alliance-scotland.org.uk