Only voluntary organisations can bid for some contracts

Only voluntary organisations can bid for some contracts

In recognition of their particular “expertise in providing community health and social care services and support”, the Bill also allows participation in the procurement of certain social care contracts to be restricted to voluntary organisations, meaning that only voluntary organisations would be permitted to bid for these contracts. If you agree with these proposals in the National Care Service Bill click the thumbs up button (👍) below. If you disagree with these proposals click the thumbs down button (👎) below. If you are unsure about the proposals and feel you need to know more about them click the question mark button (❓) below. If you have any additional comments about these proposals please provide them in the comment section below.

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A much clearer explanation is required. Whilst I have sympathy with driving out the profit motive for the provision of care services, many voluntary organisations lack the business experience to deliver best value or lack business planning strategies that would drive economies of scale.

Whilst I support the principle, again, there needs to a high level of scrutiny on how services are being delivered by voluntary organisations, as again, there is a bias towards certain ‘established’ charitable organisations that have strong links, including explicit conflicts with Scottish ministers, in terms of Board memberships, which would lead to unfair or unlawful practices. The level of conflict of interest in Scottish Government is shocking.

I have concerns about both government interference, preferentiail treatment of certain suppliers and thus conflicts of interest. More clarity is needed, with clear definitions and examples

It really needs to be said which sectors this could apply to? Currently there is a rapidly diminishing role of the voluntary sector in older adults care. This has lost some great providers of care eg Bield and Crossreach. This has increased even further the dodgy profit driven hedge fund owners in care provision.

When you havebeen caring for 51 years you don't mind who provides the care as long as it is of good quality and high standard and properly funded.

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