Responding to the publication of the Scottish Government's National Care Service Bill, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:
"This bill takes the name of the National Health Service in vain. It amounts to nothing more than an SNP takeover and a top-down reorganisation of care. Just as with the police, it will waste money and reduce services.
“It would be terrible for care services if authority was to be taken away from local councils and permanently handed to the same Scottish Government ministers who were responsible for sending untested and Covid-positive patients into care homes at the start of the pandemic.
"We can’t wait any longer for proper pay and careers, high quality care, guaranteed visiting rights for families or respite for unpaid carers. That can happen now, without waiting years for a top-down reorganisation or shackling these to an SNP takeover.”