On 20 June 2022, the Scottish Government published draft legislation designed to implement a National Care Service. The Bill, alongside explanatory notes are published on the Scottish Parliament website. As anticipated, the legislation makes the Scottish Ministers responsible for organising the National Care Service and gives them the power transfer a wide range of health and social care functions to new care boards. The Bill will not nationalise services and therefore members working for public, private and third sector providers will continue to have the same employer.
The RCN will now be considering its response and expect that we and our members will be engaged in the legislative process. Now that the Bill has been drafted, subject to Parliamentary approval, the National Care Service is expected to come in to force by the end of the Parliamentary term, in 2026.
The legislation follows a Scottish Government consultation on proposals to create a National Care Service in Scotland. RCN Scotland hosted a series of consultation events last year to inform our response. Members came together from across the RCN Scotland membership, - including members working in acute services, social care, community services, scrutiny, and education.
Feedback from these events, alongside data gathered using the Sensemaker tool and input from the RCN Scotland Board formed the basis of our response to the Scottish Government consultation, which focuses on communicating our members’ priorities to the Scottish Government: