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Motion ref. S6M-06934

Major Staff Vacancies in Care Services

Submitted by: Alex Rowley, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour.
Date lodged: Thursday, November 24, 2022

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Jeremy Balfour, Miles Briggs, Foysol Choudhury, Pam Duncan-Glancy, Rhoda Grant, Monica Lennon, Richard Leonard (Registered interest ), Pauline McNeill, Carol Mochan, Paul O'Kane, Willie Rennie, Colin Smyth, Paul Sweeney, Mercedes Villalba, Martin Whitfield

That the Parliament is deeply concerned by a new report from the Care Inspectorate and the Scottish Social Services Council showing nearly half of all care services in Scotland had vacancies at the end of 2021; understands that the Staff Vacancies in Care Services 2021 report shows that the percentage of care services reporting vacancies increased to its highest level since these statistics were first published for the year 2016; recognises that the report found that at 31 December 2021, 47% of services reported vacancies, with the percentage of care services reporting vacancies having increased by 11% over the previous year alone; is worried that care homes for older people, housing support services, care at home services, care homes for adults, care homes for children and young people, secure accommodation services and residential special school care accommodation services all show as having a proportion of services with vacancies significantly above the national average for all care services; is concerned that the report shows 60% of services reported having nursing vacancies, which is an increase of 14% on the previous year; understands that 58% of services with vacancies reported having problems filling them, up 15% from the previous year, with the reported reasons given being too few applicants in general (60%), too few applicants with experience (57%), and too few qualified applicants (50%), and believes that urgent action is needed to avert what it sees as the worsening crisis in care services by delivering better terms, conditions and pay for all care workers.

Amendments that have not been voted on

Motion ref. S6M-06934.1

Major Staff Vacancies in Care Services - Amendment

Submitted by: Gillian Martin, Aberdeenshire East, Scottish National Party, Date lodged: Thursday, December 1, 2022

Supported by: Karen Adam, Siobhian Brown, Stephanie Callaghan, Bob Doris, Jackie Dunbar, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Marie McNair, Audrey Nicoll, Paul Sweeney, David Torrance
Current status: Taken in the chamber on Monday, January 1, 0001