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National Care Service warning as chief executive has say on plans at Holyrood

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East Ayrshire Council's Chief Executive has laid out his concerns about the proposed National Care Service at the Scottish Parliament.Mr Fraser, who was the head of East Ayrshire's Health and Social Care Partnership for six years, was among the speakers at the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee last week.East Ayrshire Council has provided significant criticism of the planned National Care Service (NCS), arguing that it could undo much of the positive work that has seen the authority, together with NHS Ayrshire and Arran, become one of the top performing partnerships in Scotland.Mr Fraser told the committee: "We have never argued against a national care service.

It is a question of what is the role of that National Care Service."He said that there was a place for a national body that would provide a 'framework' for care services.

However, he insisted that the best local delivery of care services came via 'local people and local systems'.Mr Fraser went on to explain the level of connection between care services across the council and health service and within the council itself, connections that he is worried would be severed with the advent of the NCS.He said: "It is not delivered only by social work or by the health and social care partnership.

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