The Scotsman

Union fury as £500k care deal is handed to consultanc­y giant


Unions have reacted with fury after another contract around the establishm­ent of the SNP’S flagship social care policy, the National Care Service, was given to a global consultanc­y giant.

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) said the decision to give the £546,000 contract to accountanc­y giant KPMG was “totally unacceptab­le”.

Scottish Labour also criticised the Government for “parcelling off” the National Care Service to the private sector.

Establishi­ng a National Care Service is a key Scottish Government policy for the coming Holyrood term, with the service due to be fully up and running by 2026.

Nicola Sturgeon said the reform would be a “fitting legacy from the trauma of Covid” and would be the “most significan­t public service reform” since the establishm­ent of the NHS.

Dave Moxham, deputy general secretary at the STUC, criticised the move, arguing it was inappropri­ate for those with a vested interest in privatisat­ion to have an input in the creation of the National Care Service.

Hesaid:“thisisnowt­hethird time in a couple of months that the Scottish Government has chosen to bring in private sector consultant­s with an interest in the privatisat­ion of public services to shape the future of the National Care Service. This is totally unacceptab­le.

"The growing proportion of private sector provision in adult social care continues to be a be a major concern, particular­ly when it takes place through corporate structures designed to facilitate tax avoidance.

"The failures of many private sector care homes during the pandemic and the failure to pay a decent wage to carers are major issues that must be resolved.”

This fresh contract, which received six bids, is the first major National Care Service contract to receive more than one bid after fellow giants Pricewater­housecoope­rs (PWC) received almost £200,000 worth of work connected to the policy as the only bidder.

Pwc’s first contract covered the creation of an “agile design team” for the service, while their second covered the analysis of the wide-ranging consultati­on on the plans.

The £546,000 contract awarded to KPMG covers the mapping of “current models” of health and social care across Scotland and producing a “high level road map for delivery” of the National Care Service.

It also covers supporting “options developmen­t” and highlighti­ng “implementa­tion gap[s]”.

Scottish Labour’s social care spokespers­on Paul O’kane said the contract being awarded to KPMG was “deeply worrying”.

He said: “Work on the National Care Service has only just begun and it is already being parcelled off to the private sector.

“Not only is more and more public money going straight into the pockets of these private sector giants, but they are being given a unique chance to shape the future of our National Care Service at a time when many unpaid carers feel ignored.”

 ?? ?? 0 Another National Care Service contract has been handed to a global consultanc­y firm
0 Another National Care Service contract has been handed to a global consultanc­y firm

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