Conservatives demand SNP scrap plans for centralised care service

Conservative leader Douglas Ross, First Minister Humza Yousaf and Labour leader Anas Sarwar.

By Democrat reporter

The Scottish Conservatives have challenged the SNP to scrap plans for a centralised care service that they say is a “bureaucratic nightmare”.

At First Minister’s Questions, Humza Yousaf was unable or unwilling to say how much his centralised care service plans will cost.

Douglas Ross said the “shambolic” plans were “starting to look like another classic Humza Yousaf disaster”, as he referenced the First Minister’s previous failures during his time in charge of transport, justice and health.

The Scottish Conservative leader also raised indirect criticism of Humza Yousaf from his own social care minister.

SNP government minister, Maree Todd, pictured right, said this week “it’s been a little bit hard for me to get my head around” the care service plans, which were drawn up by Humza Yousaf himself.

Audit Scotland previously said that the SNP Government’s estimate that the care service would cost £1.3 billion is likely to be far too low. They said: “It is likely that the overall cost of the measures will be significantly above the amounts currently assessed.”

Douglas Ross said: “It’s deeply embarrassing for Humza Yousaf that his own social care minister doesn’t understand the plans he drew up himself.

“These shambolic plans for a centralised care service look like a white elephant already.

“Humza Yousaf is throwing public money away when frontline social care services are in desperate need of more funding.

“The SNP Government is creating a bureaucratic nightmare – and Humza Yousaf wants a blank cheque to do it.

“The man who couldn’t get the trains to run on time, forced police officers to breaking point and left our NHS in crisis, is now doing his best to throw care services into chaos as well.

“Humza Yousaf has no idea how much this centralised care service is going to cost. Or when this bureaucratic nightmare is going to be ready. Or how it will improve the situation for people who desperately need better care.

“The last thing our struggling care service needs is an administrative overhaul costing billions of pounds when it is being starved of cash on the frontline.

“Humza Yousaf must stop wasting taxpayers’ money and scrap these unworkable plans.”

Commenting after FMQs, Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar said: “It has just been announced that interest rates are to rise due to Tory economic chaos – but this week, the SNP launched their campaign for another Tory Government.

“Labour would deliver a new deal for working people and scrap the Tory’s anti trade union laws.

“Labour would deliver a publicly owned energy company – something the SNP promised and failed to deliver.

“Labour will make Scotland an R&D powerhouse – the SNP impose millions of cuts to universities.

“Labour would bring down people’s bills with a proper windfall tax that the SNP and the Tories refused to support.  That’s the change Scotland needs.  The SNP and the Tories are two sides of the same coin.

“Both want division. Both want chaos. Both want to damage Labour. And despite what Humza Yousaf says, both want a Tory Government.  It’s all about saving their jobs, not acting in the interests of the people of Scotland.

“Scotland is desperate for change but it’s stuck with two failing Governments.

“An economically illiterate and morally bankrupt Tory government and an incompetent and dysfunctional SNP government.

“Instead, a Labour government means: Putting money into people’s pockets – lowering bills by up to £1400 every year.

“Ending fire and rehire and delivering better workers’ rights for every Scot and creating tens of thousands of green jobs in Scotland.

“This the change that Scotland needs and only a Labour government can deliver it.”

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