Emergency intervention in social care contracts

Emergency intervention in social care contracts

The Bill gives Scottish Ministers powers to intervene in social care public contracts, for instance in case of an emergency or service failure, to “ensure those who access social care support continue to receive the care and support that they require”. 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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as long as those with lived experience views of whether or not a service is failing are given equal weight with other providers/authorities

There is a danger that the centralised system imposes too heavy a burden on government and that things may grind to a halt if too many problems arise. Allowing those family members with legal and financial responsibility for care to act in the best interests of the individual they care for is important and will relieve central pressures.

I understand the intent, but giving more power to ministers is not always a good outcome. I struggle to engage my local MP in matters of care or social services, as it is not their particular agenda. I feel there will be an opportunity for Scottish ministers to influence their own agenda at a government level which will not always reflect a fair, impartial or balanced view of public needs. How will they be held accountable, when service users or people with lived experience have no voice.

I'm in agreement with fionamcc below, but would add that those affected by such action are fully involved in the changed provision

In rural communities it can be very difficult to get support in caring for some one with complex needs, and often impossible to speak to a Social Worker in times of crisis How is the intervention of a Minister going to make any difference?

There are no details defining what is an emergency or a service failure. There is no detail as to when an inquiry may be invoked, nor the members, or terms of reference, or powers/authority, and most importantly, that it will be fully independent of Government. Surely there should be a period of grace to allow service providers to remedy the problem rather than peremptorily defenestrate them?

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