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National Care Service consultation launched in Scotland

Kevin Stewart

The Scottish Government has launched its consultation to seek the public’s views on its proposals for a National Care Service.

The news follows an independent review of adult social care led by Derek Feeley, which recommended that the service should be established on an equal footing with NHS Scotland.

The consultation runs until 18 October 2021 and respondents are asked to use the government’s consultation hub, Citizen Space, to share their views.

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A series of engagement events is planned for stakeholders, individuals and communist on aspects of the consultation. To register, click here.

Launching the consultation, the Scottish Government said it offers an opportunity to change the way support and services are delivered – to place human rights at the centre of decision making; shift its emphasis to prevention; empower people to engage positively with their own care; embed fair work and ethical commissioning; and strengthen its commitment to integrating social care with community healthcare.

Kevin Stewart, minister for mental wellbeing and social cares, said: “I am committed to implementing the recommendations in the report of the Independent Review of Adult Social Care and staying true to the spirit of that report by building a system with human rights at the heart of it.

“I am listening and want to ensure that care is delivered in a way that enables people to live a happy and fulfilled life – not simply care that is delivered to suit the system.”

He continued: “The Independent Review acknowledged that current structures have not fully delivered the improvements intended to be achieved by integration of health and social care and recommended the creation of a National Care Service, with Scottish Ministers being accountable for adult social care support.

“I believe however that it is right for this consultation to look beyond simply the creation of a national service for adult social care. The ambition of this government is to go much further, and to create a comprehensive community health and social care service that supports people of all ages. This will support the provision of care that wraps around families and smooth transitions between different categories of care for everyone, taking account of individual circumstances, the communities they live in and their wishes.”

United Kingdom Homecare Association will be considering the consultation over the coming weeks. Members are invited to send their views to policy@ukhca.co.uk by 30 September 2021.

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