Kintyre councillor slams threatened home care cuts

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Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership Integrated Joint Board (IJB) chiefs plan huge service cuts which may lead to 400 home care job losses.

Tory Councillor Donald Kelly has joined officials at health workers’ union, UNISON Scotland, in urging ministers to stop the scheme which would see every local authority car home in Argyll and Bute close its doors.

UNISON claims a ‘massive range of cuts and privatisation’ is being secretly planned by Argyll and Bute’s Integrated Joint Board (IJB), as it faces ‘very difficult decisions’ to save £13 million in its budget for 2018-19.

The threatened cuts come just days before Campbeltown’s Auchinlee care home shuts and the remaining patients move to Lorne Campbell Court.

Councillor Kelly said: ‘I do not support these proposals. They go against everything I have been supporting and would be detrimental to the provision of health care in Kintyre.’

UNISON made the appeal in an open letter to regional health and council chiefs, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Cabinet Secretary for Heath Shona Robison, before the IJB meets, at Kilmory, on March 28 to decide its budget for 2018-19 and beyond.

The full letter will be printed in Friday’s Courier.