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LEGISLATION enshrining free personal care for the elderly passed its final hurdle in parliament yesterday.
THE NHS could be stretched to crisis point by a huge increase in the number of elderly people predicted over the next 30 years, it was disclosed yesterday.
IAIN Duncan Smith is sitting in the wood-pannelled rooms allocated to the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons. Behind one of the cupboard doors is a relic from one of the former occupiers, Tony Blair. It is a full-length mirror.
THE Scottish Conservatives have backed state provision of free care for the elderly since Sir Stewart Sutherland made his recommendations two years ago.
THERE is no such thing as "free" state provision, even the provision of long-term care for the elderly.
CONSERVATIVE leader Iain Duncan Smith last night signalled a major policy shift on Scottish Tory support for free care for the elderly, sparking an embarrassing row ahead of his trip to Glasgow today.
ELDERLY hospital patients are to be moved to community facilities up to 50 miles away to avert a bed-blocking crisis, it was revealed yesterday.
THE entire elderly care sector in Scotland looks set to be paralysed within weeks, with the owners of the country’s private homes expected today to launch a campaign of action against local authorities.
EVERY family in the land is touched at some stage by the difficult and sensitive issue of elderly care. But there are so many problems and so many confusing overlaps of responsibility between different sectors and different organisations that it really does appear the present system is in danger of grinding to a complete halt.
THE executive faces a demand for an extra £50 million to pay for care of the elderly in Scotland’s private nursing and residential homes, it was disclosed yesterday.
LABOUR was last night in disarray over the executive’s level of commitment to implement its policy of free personal care for the elderly.
AMBITIOUS plans to provide free personal care for every pensioner in Scotland appeared to be under threat last night as executive sources revealed that they would only go ahead if enough money could be found from other budgets.
THE Scottish executive’s policy on free personal care for the elderly was thrown into further confusion yesterday when it emerged that ministers cannot guarantee a starting date for the plans.
THE Scottish Executive and First Minister Jack McConnell remained committed to providing free care for the elderly despite the timetable for its implementation being put back until July, it was claimed today.
HENRY McLeish’s decision to commit the Scottish executive to fund the personal care costs of every elderly person in Scotland was always going to be extremely ambitious. Irritating and poor politics, at least as far as the Labour machine at Westminster is concerned.
THERE are some unhappy comparisons to be drawn between the long-running saga of the Scottish Parliament project and the executive’s ambitious plans to provide free care for the elderly.
THE executive’s plans to introduce free personal care for the elderly are the result of recommendations made by a UK-wide commission headed by Sir Stewart Sutherland, principal of Edinburgh University.