Fife health & social care director steps down

Wednesday 26th June 2019

Michael Kellet, head of Fife health and social care partnership (HSCP) is stepping down to take up a new role at the Scottish Government in August.

Before heading health and care in the Kingdom, Mr Kellet was previously one of the key Scottish Government officials leading the integration of health and social care.

The wide-ranging reform saw social care services provided by councils and some health services provided by the NHS brought together.

As director of Fife HSCP Mr Kellet oversaw controversial changes to out-of-hours services in the region, which were criticised by community groups and local politicians.

Meanwhile, the partnership has grappled with a stubborn deficit because funding from the health service and Fife Council has not covered the cost of the services it provides, forcing the organisation to make cuts every year.

Earlier this month a member of the partnership’s governing board told the financial situation was “fundamentally unfair” and is leading to “unpalatable” cuts.