Edinburgh City Council's "telecare" scheme monitors elderly people in their homes

THOUSANDS of hospital and care-home beds are set to be freed up in the next year, with funds for remote monitoring more than doubling.

Edinburgh City Council is spending up to £1 million on “telecare” packages to help people stay in their own homes.

Measures include sensors that turn off cookers, GPS trackers for people with Alzheimer’s and alarms so elderly residents can call for help.

In the past three years, the city council has spent an average of £405,000 on telecare. This year it is rising to £950,000 as the services are offered to more people.

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NHS in Scotland employs 150 extra staff to cope with EU working hours directive

Is this an opportunity to improve systems and technology??

New European rules reducing junior doctors’ hours to a maximum of 48 per week came into force at the weekend.

NHS Grampian revealed it had employed 60 additional staff in order to comply with the European Working Time Directive.

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