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The ALLIANCE calls for National Care Service to be “investment of citizenship”

Section: Health and Social Care IntegrationPolicy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 2nd November 2021
Future of Social Care

The ALLIANCE has published a response to the National Care Service consultation

In a comprehensive response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on proposals for a National Care Service, the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) has welcomed the opportunity to improve social care but stressed that the new service must explicitly embed equality, human rights and co-production.

Drawing on extensive engagement with people and organisations with direct experience of social care, we also call for the new service to revamp commissioning and procurement processes, to ensure that pay and conditions for social care workers are improved, and for the removal of non-residential care charges as a priority.

Professor Ian Welsh OBE, Chief Executive of the ALLIANCE, said:

“Social care should be seen as an investment of citizenship. The National Care Service offers an opportunity to improve people’s experiences of community health and social care but must be implemented in a way that responds to the concerns and experiences of people accessing services. It must implement the recommendations of the Independent Review of Adult Social Care in full, be adequately resourced, and explicitly integrate equality and human rights if the long-overdue transformative change that people accessing social care and support services deserve is to be realised.”

A full version of our consultation response is available below, alongside a short summary document of our key recommendations.

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