Leader comment: Care service must be fit for purpose

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The news that two senior executives overseeing the merger between health and social care have quit their posts is the latest troubling development to hit the service.

Both had been under severe pressure after a damning report earlier in the year into Edinburgh’s care operation. Measures which were meant to increase efficiency and improve the service to some of our most vulnerable residents, instead appeared to be having the opposite effect.

It was branded one of the “one of the worst report’s ever” ever issued.

So while news of departures at the top is not a surprise, it surely only adds to the confusion and uncertainty felt by both hardworking staff and clients waiting for care packages.

It is vital now that both the city council and NHS Lothian take this opportunity to really get to grips with the issues.

An ageing and growing population means that demand is only going to increase and we must have a fit for purpose service in place.

It is simply unacceptable for elderly people - most of whom will have been taxpayers their whole lives - to be consistently let down by their city when they need it the most.