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Staff shortages in Scotland likely to see care plans amended

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Thousands of people with complex needs in Scotland have been told their care may not be fully met because of staff shortages, the BBC has reported.

A number of areas, including Fife, Argyll and Bute and the Lothians, have sent letters saying they may have to amend existing care packages, according to the report.

A combination of Covid and the loss of EU workers because of Brexit has been blamed for staff shortages.

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The BBC said that Scotland’s health and social care partnerships (HSCPs) described the challenges of increased demand and staffing shortages as “unprecedented”.

A letter sent out by Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP), which the broadcaster had seen, said there may be changes to individual care plans in the coming weeks because of the “national” issue of recruitment problems.

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “We recently published a public consultation on the proposed National Care Service, which will oversee the delivery of care, improve standards, ensure enhanced pay and conditions for workers and provide better support for unpaid carers.

“We will also be running a national marketing campaign very quickly to attract more people to the sector, looking at how we can do things differently to previous campaigns, focusing on social media, a younger target audience, working with schools and colleges and linking to the medium term work we’re doing with the Scottish Social Services Council and NHS Education for Scotland on career pathways and learning and development.

“We are also working at pace with SSSC and NES to develop a national induction programme to support new entrants into Adult Social Care.”

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Andrew Seymour

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