The Scottish Government has recently consulted on the setting up of a new National Care Service which in principle we support. Orkney has the most rapidly ageing community in Scotland, and one in four of us have a long-term medical condition requiring ongoing medical or social care. It’s therefore vital that we attract and retain carers, both in a family or professional context, and we are particularly anxious to attract young people into this most rewarding of careers. Two new care homes have been or are opening shortly in Stromness and Kirkwall, and Green Councillors have backed these proposals.
Carers need to be paid and valued more, and we will help to ensure that the National Care Service does just that when set up, whilst protecting local accountability in our islands. We need a Care Service tailored to our islands, and not one that has been designed in Edinburgh. Green Councillors sit on Integrated Joint Boards, and Green Ministers in Government will help to ensure that these developments materialise.
Prioritise increasing the pay and contract stability of carers, to help to attract and retain new and existing people into this most satisfying of careers.
Help to ensure that a National Care Service in Orkney is tailored to our island needs with attractive terms and conditions of employment.
Support the ‘Hope Co-housing’ co-operative and other innovative ‘care in the community’ initiatives.