The Scottish Labor MSP criticizes the Scottish Government for staging an ‘exercise of privatization’ in its new National Care Service Bill

The Scottish Labor MSP criticizes the Scottish Government for staging an ‘exercise of privatization’ in its new National Care Service Bill
The Scottish Labor MSP criticizes the Scottish Government for staging an ‘exercise of privatization’ in its new National Care Service Bill

Katy Clark, from SCOTTISH Labour, blasted the Scottish Government yesterday for staging an ‘exercise in privatization’ in its new National Care Service Bill.

Ms Clark also accused the SNP-led government of breaking its promise to provide a non-profit care service.

The West of Scotland MSP said it would propose amendments to enshrine not-for-profit provisions, preventing offshore companies from winning contracts and moving care homes into the public sector as soon as possible.

Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has indicated her support for calls to “remove the profit motive” from the care home sector in 2020.

But in Scotland, as in the rest of Britain, care services, once provided entirely by the public sector, are now almost entirely run by private companies and suffer from chronic staff shortages.

In Wales, the Senedd’s Public Accounts and Public Administration Committee this week called on the Welsh Government to take action to address staff shortages.

Committee chair Mark Isherwood called for “parity in pay and conditions between the health and social services sector”.

In Scotland, the Holyrood Bill would still allow private companies – including those owned in tax havens – to bid for contracts as long as “profits are reinvested” and their “aim is the pursuit of a mission of service. audience”.

Ms Clark said: ‘We need to be open and honest with the public: the National Care Service is an exercise in privatization.

“As it stands, the Scottish Government’s proposals are not for a national care service but for a national care commissioning service.

“While our NHS employs doctors, nurses, porters, cleaners and the like, the proposed National Care Service will not employ carers.

Ms Clark added: “Like the NHS, a true national care service must be free at the point of use and designed to cater to those in need, without generating profits for shareholders.”

The Scottish Government has been asked to comment.

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