Scottish Conservatives have tabled proposals for a Local Care Service, presenting it as an alternative to the Scottish Government’s planned National Care Service.
It comes after party health spokesman Sandesh Gulhane said he was “terrified” at the prospect of the SNP’s proposed centralized NHS.
At the heart of the Tories’ plans is a “local care guarantee” that no one will be offered care far from home.
The party says there is a risk that this practice could spread further under the government’s plans.
Speaking to the PA news agency ahead of the Local Care Service announcement, Dr Gulhane said the SNP was using the pandemic to distract from past failures in the health service.
He said: “They are covering up past failures by having Covid as their answer, it is unacceptable.
“Their plans are non-existent on how we are going to recover.”
He continued: “I am terrified of the NHS.
“I am terrified by the poor delivery of this government, which does not trust anyone.
“They are anti-business, they are anti-organization. It’s about power, control and centralization.”
On Saturday, the Scottish Conservatives published a policy paper outlining their concerns about the National Care Service.
He said there was a risk that this plan could lead to an increase in “out-of-area care.”
However, he says the Tories accept that the status quo on social care cannot continue and that the extra money raised by the Health and Social Care Tax was an opportunity to change the system.
In addition to a local care guarantee, it recommends giving the Care Inspectorate more power to raise standards.
Social Care Minister Kevin Stewart said: “We are committed to establishing a National Care Service, with human rights embedded throughout, and we will continue to engage with the real experts, people with lived experience of the service, to improve services. futures and get things done. better for everyone.
“We have invested in recent months to increase salaries in adult social care to help improve recruitment and retention in social care.
“Through the National Care Service we are going to continue improving the terms and conditions of this personnel through the introduction of the national salary negotiation for this sector.
“We have introduced free personal care for all adults who need it and in this parliament we are going to remove all non-residential social care charges so that care provision is based on a person’s need and not their ability to pay. . .”