Scotland’s plan for National Care Service sparks backlash from unions – iNews

The policy, which will radically change the way care services are accessed and delivered, has been hailed as the biggest reform to public services since the creation of the NHS in 1948.

But immediately, the legislation has sparked an angry backlash from unions, who have described the policy as a “recipe for disaster” that gave little thought to care workers.

General secretary Sharon Graham said: “The Scottish Government could not have drafted a more incomprehensible, incoherent and dreadful Bill.

“The plans to transfer services, people and property from local authorities to the Scottish Government are a recipe for disaster and represent an all-out assault on local democracy.”

The GMB union was also critical, claiming that care staff had been “totally left out” of the plan, despite the key role they played during the pandemic.

Senior organiser Keir Greenaway said: “It’s unclear how, if at all, care staff will benefit from these fag packet plans. The Scottish Government is in danger of overpromising.”

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