Future of Care Services

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has said that improving pay and conditions will be crucial to the future of social care and warned that the SNP’s forthcoming centralisation of services will make the situation worse. 

His comments come as a joint briefing by the Accounts Commission and the Auditor General for Scotland says fundamental issues and threats to the future sustainability of Scotland’s social care system need to be addressed. 

The report notes that “The 200,000-strong workforce is under immense pressure and feels undervalued. There is a high vacancy rate and a continuing problem of recruiting and retaining this workforce into roles which often have low pay and poor conditions of employment. At the same time demand for social care services continues to increase.” 

Mr Cole-Hamilton said: 

“The Scottish Government needs to get serious about pay and conditions in our social care system. 

“Unfortunately, there is a real risk that their obsession with hoovering up power will lead them to waste millions on structural reforms rather than getting to grips with the changes that would actually benefit both staff and those who rely on care services. 

“Scottish Liberal Democrats will fight the SNP’s takeover over social care every step of the way because it reduces local control and puts the same ministers who shipped covid positive patients into care homes in charge forever.”

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