Legislation to establish a National Care Service for Scotland (NCS) will ensure the best possible outcomes for people accessing care and support and end the ‘postcode lottery’ of care.
The National Care Service Bill will make Scottish Ministers accountable for adult social care in Scotland – a change strongly supported by those responding to the recent consultation on the plans.
The Bill provides the foundation for the NCS, and enables the fine detail of the new service to be co-designed with people who have direct experience of social care services. Plans have also been published to explain how that collaboration will work. The aims are to: Read more
Mental Health Act reform – draft legislation now
In the Queen’s Speech, it was announced that draft legislation would be brought forward to reform the Mental Health Act in England and Wales. The purpose of the draft Bill is to: Ensure patients suffering from mental health conditions have greater control over their treatment and receive the dignity and respect they deserve. Make it easier for people with learning disabilities and autism to be discharged from hospital. Read
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has come under fire for “ducking and diving” over the issue of discharges into care homes during COVID.
In a meeting of the Parliament she was challenged to accept the High Court in England ruling that the policy of discharging positive & untested Covid patients into care homes was “unlawful”, unreasonable and “irrational”. Read
Government confirms it won’t appeal COVID care home ruling.
The Government has decided not to appeal a High Court
decision which found that the policy of discharging patients from hospitals to care homes at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic was unlawful.
Former health secretary Matt Hancock & Public Health
England (PHE) were taken to court by two women who argued that patients with the coronavirus were discharged from
hospitals back to care homes without testing. Read
Regulation 28 report to Prevent future Deaths by HM Senior Coroner for Hertfordshire, Geoffrey Sullivan, on the 10th Feb 2022.
This relates to a Care home fire in 2017 resulting in two deaths.
Two matters of concern were raised.
The MATTERS OF CONCERN are as follows. – (1) That sprinkler systems are not a mandatory requirement for care homes whose occupants have either limited or no independent mobility and are therefore at higher risk from fire.