National Care Service Bill

June 21st 2022

National Care Service Bill

June 21st 2022

Commenting on the Scottish Government’s proposed National Care Service Bill, STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer said:

"Anyone working, or in receipt, of social care knows the crisis we are in with critical staffing issues in community and residential care. The proposal to transfer over social care, and potentially tens of thousands of local authority care workers, to a new, undefined organisation does nothing to build workers confidence that Scottish Government values this workforce or the service they deliver.

"Taking social care out of local authority control further undermines local democracy and potentially funding for our local councils. A truly transformative National Care Service would see an end to the profits being make by private companies who deliver social care, squeezing profit from the public purse, and the introduction of collective bargaining across social care to improve the pay and conditions of this highly skilled workforce. Unfortunately, as drafted, this Bill fails to give confidence that it will deliver a National Care Service valued as much as the NHS, and delivered for people, not for profit.”