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Don’t “water down” National Care Service, Scottish care leaders warn

Scottish care leaders have urged their future politicians not to “water down” National Care Service recommendations in the Feeley Report.

In an open letter signatories including Scottish Care and Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) say care must move away from the status quo of local governance and commissioning towards a national system with local accountability.

They also call for an independent complaints mechanism to ensure genuine accountability, as well as investment in independent and peer advocacy to support people through the process.

The letter says: “We are deeply concerned that there should be any attempt to water down or diminish the development of a National Care Service. The current system of social care being commissioned and resourced by local authorities has simply not worked especially for those who matter most – those who use care support. The failures and inconsistencies of [local authority commissioning] are well articulated.”    

The Independent Review of Adult Social Care (Feeley Report) was published in February and forms a central part in the 2021 pre-election manifestos.

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