ALLIANCE responds to Staffing Bill

Section: Health and Social Care IntegrationPolicy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 1st August 2018

The ALLIANCE has welcomed general principles of a new staffing Bill but called for new powers to consult people directly.

The aim of the Bill is to provide a legal basis for determining what is “appropriate” staffing in health and care service settings. The Bill amends the law related to the NHS, and will sit alongside existing rules relating to social care.

The Bill is currently being considered by the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee (this link will take you away from our website) who have recently published a call for evidence.  In response the ALLIANCE has noted:

  • Our individual members’ concerns that this Bill only applies to certain health and social care settings.
  • A call for greater clarity on how the views of the public will be taken into account.
  • A broader definition of the purpose of health and social care staff to be included in the final Act.

The Committee will hear directly from stakeholders at its meetings in September, before asking questions of the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport on 2 October. The Bill is expected to be considered by the whole Parliament for the first time in December.

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