Iain Gray MSP and Martin Whitfield have welcomed today’s Independent Review of Adult Social Care in Scotland report recommendation of further steps to improve the welfare and support of adults in care homes, including establishing a National Care Service.

The report supports stronger efforts to redesign the system to better support employees and improve their collective bargaining power. It also supported greater input from social workers to shape delivery of services.

Iain Gray MSP said:

“Scottish Labour has advocated for a National Care Service since 2011 and it is welcome to see our proposal backed up by the Independent Review. The report underlines the need, after 14 years in power, for the SNP Government to finally take responsibility for improving social care services and the pay and conditions of care staff.”

Martin Whitfield said:

“A National Care Service that puts people before profit is the only way forward both for those receiving care and those caring for them. The Scottish Government must now listen and take steps to make this happen. We cannot allow our care service to be further weakened by inaction and slow responses to urgent need.”

The Independent Review of Adult Social Care report can be found at https://www.gov.scot/publications/independent-review-adult-social-care-scotland

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