National Care Service Bill Scotland published. 21 June 2022.

National Care Service Bill published. 21 June 2022.

Part of  Health and social careLaw and order

New vision for the future of social care.

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


A care home worker took her own life after being ‘haunted’ by washing the bodies of dead residents

A care home worker took her own life after being ‘haunted’ by washing the bodies of dead residents during COVID her parents have said.

Taylor Watterson, 22, told her parents she had “lost count” of the number of bodies she had washed, the Daily Record reported.

Taylor’s mother, Lana, said: “Her job had a lot to do with her
mental health.
One day she asked if I knew how many dead bodies she’d washed. She’d lost count. I couldn’t believe it when she said it.
She was just a young girl and was having to do it regularly.
Doing that over and over again and seeing residents she was close to regularly passing away was hard for her to take.”

The 22-year-old worked at HC-One’s Fullarton care home in
 between June 2018 & July 2019 & Shalom nursing home in Dreghorn.  Taylor left her role after struggling with her mental health

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Care provider fined £450,000 for health and safety breaches

Care provider fined £450,000 for health and safety breaches, following death of a vulnerable adult.

The Richmond Fellowship Scotland, has been fined after being found guilty of health and safety breaches after a vulnerable adult with severe learning difficulties drowned in a bath.

Glasgow Sherriff’s Court heard that  at Cherry Tree Court in
Cambuslang, Glasgow, one of the residents,  a vulnerable adult with severe learning difficulties, drowned in a bath within her flat in the early hours of the morning.

The Richmond Fellowship had supplied a baby monitor to alert support workers that resident was out of bed but an HSE
investigation found that it was neither suitable nor sufficient as she was so light on her feet. Read


Care provider operating East Grinstead care home ordered to pay £1,527,170

Care provider operating East Grinstead care home ordered to pay £1,527,170 after failing to provide safe care and treatment and protect them from avoidable harm.

Care UK Community Partnerships Ltd,, was fined £1,500,000
It was also ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge and £27,000 costs to the CQC which brought the prosecution.

Care UK Community Partnerships Ltd operates a number of care homes in England, including Mill View, East Grinstead, a care home providing accommodation with personal and nursing care for up to 70 people.

In April 2018, an 86-year-old male resident (MC) was admitted to Mill View after being discharged from Hospital.
While at the hospital, he was referred to a speech and language therapist (SALT) who advised he was at risk of choking and needed a special diet of soft foods..
Full details of what happened

Mental Health Act reform – draft legislation now announced.

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

Sturgeon accused of ducking and diving over care home COVID discharges.

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