A consultation has been launched to seek the public’s views ahead of the creation of the SNP Government’s National Care Service, which will ensure everyone who needs it can expect the same standards of care, wherever they live in Scotland.
The National Care Service will deliver person-centred care that benefits those who are being cared for and the people who care for them. It will introduce ethical commissioning, based on fair work principles.
The National Care Service will deliver adult social care services with a view to building a comprehensive community health and social care system. The consultation also explores providing services relating to children and young people, community justice, alcohol and drug services, and social work.
Minister for Social Care Kevin Stewart MSP said:
“The Scottish Government commissioned the Independent Review of Adult Social Care during the pandemic, because it was clear we needed to do things better in future.
“We have already made significant improvements, with reforms such as the integration of health and social care, and implementation of the Real Living Wage Policy for Adult Social Care workers and this year Scottish Ministers pledged £64.5 million to fully fund the pay increase.
“We can and will go further. What we are now proposing is the biggest public sector reform for decades, since the creation of the National Health Service.”
Kenneth Gibson MSP added:
“Whether you are a paid or unpaid carer, a service user, or someone who cares about how the National Care Service is shaped, your view on this topic matters and I strongly encourage everyone in North Ayrshire to look at the consultation and participate in it.”
A number of virtual consultation events will be held throughout late August, September and October. To participate in the consultation, which closes on 18 October, or to register for one of the consultation events, visit the Consultation on a National Care Service for Scotland website.”
As part of a rights-based approach to care, the SNP Government has committed to strengthen residents rights in adult residential settings. This will include delivering ‘Anne’s Law’ – ensuring that care home residents have the right to contact with their families and friends to support their overall health and wellbeing at all times.