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Our Scotland MD on the National Care Service Bill

Following the publication of the Scottish Government’s National Care Service Bill, Allison Cochrane, Community Integrated Care’s Managing Director for Scotland, said:

“We welcome the introduction of the National Care Service Bill and the Scottish Government’s ambitious goal to ensure everyone who needs it has access to high-quality care and is supported to live a full life.

After many months of consultation – which we were proud to contribute to – it’s encouraging to see progress being made. We’ll now take the time to understand the Bill in full, and consider the impact the proposals will have on the people we support and our colleagues.

We look forward to working in collaboration with the Scottish Government and our sector partners, to shape and influence what a national care service could look like in practice, if we are to deliver the very best outcomes for those with support needs, consistently across Scotland.

One of our key ambitions will be to work with the local care boards to ensure that people who access care, and their loved ones, are fairly represented within them. It’s crucial that their voices are heard, so that those with lived experience are the driving force in designing the future of social care.

However, we recognise that the whole of the social care sector is at a pivotal moment, facing unprecedented crises on many fronts. Our hope is that the Scottish Government recognises this and supports immediate change to address the fair work principles needed to build a sustainable workforce across Scotland, and enable the transformative changes that the sector so urgently needs.”

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