Neil Bibby MSP has welcomed Scottish Labour’s launching of an online consultation which encourages residents in Renfrewshire to give their views on the future of care in Scotland.
The MSP is calling on people in West Scotland with direct experience of the care system to feed into the survey and help shape Scottish Labour’s plans to improve the system.
Labour claim the care system is currently overly fragmented and Labour’s National Care Service would seek to address this whilst ensuring dignity and respect for users, families and workers. One possibility would be the creation of a National Care Service which is supported by both Scottish Labour and SNP politicians.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has also backed a national care service.
Neil Bibby MSP for West Scotland, said: “The COVID crisis has demonstrated the need to ensure that care standards are raised to the highest possible quality across the country. Our social care staff must also be properly equipped, trained and rewarded for this most valuable of jobs.
“We must do all we can to ensure the experiences in care homes over the last few months are never repeated.
“There’s a real need to overhaul the broken care system which for too long has let people down. I’m calling on Renfrewshire residents and workers to give their views on how Labour’s National Care Service could best serve them.”
Mr Bibby, added: “In Scotland’s hospitals, unavailable social care has left people trapped in our hospitals whilst, in recent times, coronavirus has exposed and made worse other existing issues – not least in care homes where the virus has hit hardest. The virus has also helped us realise the need to properly support care staff and I’ve called for their pay to be increased in recognition of the heroic work they do.
“Labour wishes to engage with a variety of people and groups, trade unions and experts to develop a blueprint. I encourage anyone with experience of the care sector to take part in this survey on the future of care in Scotland.
“It’s Time to Care About Care, something the SNP Government have failed to do even after 13 years in power. In contrast, Labour will take this issue seriously and develop a National Care Service that supports people in West Scotland.”
The survey can be found at: https://scottishlabour.org.uk/where-we-stand/campaigns/careaboutcare.