Should social care be free from the point of need? A Plaid Cymru Care Commission believes so.
It is indisputable that Wales has a problem with meeting the need for adequate and suitable social care. This has been debated for a long
time but no-one has yet come up with a feasible solution. This is why Plaid Cymru decided at the National Council over a year ago to set up a Care Commission to look at the feasibility of a National Care Service.
They have now published their findings - that social care in Wales should be free at the point of need and funded from general taxation.
It also believes there needs to parity of pay between Health and Social Care and that workers in social care should be moved onto NHS pay scales.
Further recommendations include investment in early intervention and preventative health and care services, transforming care into a person centred service, with a fully bilingual workforce and government investment in technology.
The proposals will now be considered by Plaid Cymru as policy for the Senedd elections in 2021:
1. All Social Care delivered free at the point of need.
2. A commitment to person-centred care in the design and delivery of the service.
3. Development of early intervention and preventative services.
4. A planned transformation period, costed and evidence-based, funding both acute and preventive services simultaneously.
5. Parity of pay and terms and conditions between social care and health staff.
6. Social Care to be paid for out of general taxation, with an emphasis on investing in early intervention and preventative services.
7. Establish the costs required and to invest in the technology necessary to implement an all-Wales joined-up and co-operative approach.
8. Third Sector and other providers to be involved as partners at the planning and commissioning stage of service delivery whilst being free to innovate.
9. To develop a bi-lingual workforce to provide a fully bi-lingual social care service.
10.Creation of a National Health and Care Service, managed nationally by a National Health and Social Care Board.
Dr Dai Lloyd AM, Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Minister for Local Government, Care and Public Services and member of the Care Commission said,
“This is the first stage of the Care Commission’s work. We are excited by the challenge to present a radical workable solution for social care for the people of Wales and the National Care Service working hand in glove with the NHS will be central to the Plaid Cymru Government in 2021.
“Aneurin Bevan is rightly celebrated for being the architect of the NHS in the teeth of vocal opposition and vested interests. The challenge to radically reform social care along the same lines as health care is one Plaid Cymru is determined to achieve – finishing Aneurin Bevan’s work – Gorffen gwaith Nye.
Helen Mary Jones AM, Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Minister for Health and Social Services said,
“Plaid Cymru has long stated that social care should be free at the point of need and funded from general taxation, in the same way that the NHS is funded and I fully welcome the commission’s recommendations today.
“We often hear of the desperate stories of individuals from across Wales who are not receiving the social care that they need such as people with dementia having to sell their homes to pay for care bills.
“Social care and social care workers must be given parity of esteem, status and pay within the health and social care system. The existing system is inefficient, unsustainable and creates the wrong incentives for providers. Plaid Cymru’s vision for Social Care in Wales will be radical, nationally led, and delivered across Wales to tackle the pressures on our social services in Wales.
Read the report here.
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