Only the Guardian seems to be on this today:
Scottish council leaders have called for Nicola Sturgeon’s government to suspend its plans for a new national care service, in a growing battle over funding.
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla), the umbrella body for the country’s 32 councils, said setting up the service would be unjustifiably costly and disruptive during a time of financial crisis.https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/jan/04/scotland-national-care-service-councils-urge-nicola-sturgeon-to-suspend-plans
This is not about care for the elderly and vulnerable but a struggle to retain power and control by the same local authorities which were unable to prevent the tide of Covid deaths in care homes, owned by them, by private companies and by charities.
While the Scottish Government’s early actions to prioritise vaccination in care homes saved many lives, the failure of health and social care partnerships/local authorities to ensure the required standards of infection control, before and even during, the pandemic was responsible for the spread.
The patchwork of local frameworks for assurance and support was such that many, especially private, care homes did little to protect their residents. You can read a typically bureaucratic and too-polite account, still revealing just this inability to properly control, at: