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PARTIES CLASH AS SOLUTION SOUGHT TO CRISIS FACING SCOTTISH PRIVATE HEALTH CARE SECTOR

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Cosla expressed bitter disappointment today at Scottish Care's ...
Cosla expressed bitter disappointment today at Scottish Care's

advice to local providers not to enter into discussions with local

authorities in their areas and accused them of deliberately trying to sink

the meeting planned for next week.

Commenting this morning COSLA's social work spokeswoman, Rita Miller, said:

'I am bitterly disappointed to hear of yet another underhand tactic of

Scottish Care coming to light. Scottish Care are well aware that the fine

details of the settlement can only be resolved by local discussions because

each council requires to determine with providers how to use any funding

available beyond that needed for the new national minimum rates.

'At our last meeting, Scottish Care agreed to allow a short time to clarify

what the local discussions element of the settlement would result in and to

a further meeting on Wednesday 15 August at which a report back would be

made on the local packages. This gives councils an opportunity to try to

engage with providers locally and explain the merits of the offer and what

it means at local level.

'Now we find that they are saying one thing when they meet us and another

thing to their members. I am disappointed that Scottish Care are not

honouring the agreement made at our last meeting and are trying to sink next

Wednesday's meeting before it even takes place.

'One final point worth noting is that COSLA remains determined to resolve

this situation and the offer will continue to be on the table for local

providers even if Scottish Care turn it down at national level.'

This afternoon, the following statement was issued by Scottish Care:

'Cosla's social work spokesperson Rita Miller is either being deliberately mischievous or is completey out of touch with what is happening in Scotland.

Local authorities have held a series of discussions with members of Scottish Care throughout the past week.

Far from trying to sink next Wednesday's meeting, Scottish Care's executive committee were in talks today with Malcolm Chisholm, deputy minister for health and community care, in a further attempt to find a solution to the crisis facing the private health care sector.

The talks, which lasted 90 minutes, were extremely useful and conducted in a cordial

atmosphere, unlike the hectoring manner normally associated with Cosla's social work spokeswoman.'

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