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Review of adult social care in Scotland to consider national care serviceReview of adult social care in Scotland to consider national care service

An independent review is to consider how adult social care can be most effectively reformed in Scotland to deliver a national approach to care and support services.

The review, set up under Scotland's Programme for Government, will be chaired by Derek Feeley, former director general of Health and Social Care in the Scottish Government.

UKHCA's Policy Director, Colin Angel, said:

"This review is clearly intended to be wide ranging. Scottish Government have not yet published the terms of the review, so what the announcement refers to as a 'national care service' in Scotland is not defined. Although Scotland has a very strong public sector ethos, a 'national' care service does not necessarily mean a 'nationalised' care service, with services being brought under public control. The cost of bringing so much of the independent and voluntary provider market into public ownership would be immense. A national care service can equally be about ensuring an equitable, consistent care offer is available throughout Scotland."

Reporting by January 2021, the independent review will take into account the experiences of those supported by, and who work, in social care, as well as consider funding, governance, administration and delivery. The review is intended to build on the Scottish Government's existing commitments to improve provision and address issues thrown into sharp relief during the pandemic.

More information, including details of the review's panel of experts


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