Health and Social Care Integration Bill Gains Royal Assent

The new Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill was granted royal assent on April 1, 2014.

The Act is a landmark health and social care reform for Scotland and is the most substantial reform to the country’s National Health Services and social care services in a generation. It will mean changes to the law which requires Health Boards and Local Authorities to integrate their services resulting in more joined-up, seamless health and social care provision that will improve people’s lives.