Care home bud­get con­cerns

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Lor­raine Weir

Cash is set to be di­verted from a health­care bud­get for aids and adap­ta­tions to pay for beds for the new Dum­bar­ton care home.

West Dun­bar­ton­shire Com­mu­nity Party coun­cil­lor Jim Bol­lan flagged up his con­cerns as to why £64,000 was be­ing taken away from aids and adap­ta­tions which he says al­ready has a mas­sive wait­ing list.

ButWest Dun­bar­ton­shire health and so­cial care part­ner­ship chief of­fi­cer, Beth Cul­shaw, re­sponded say­ing she would look into the mat­ter.

Coun­cil­lor Bol­lan said:“Surely it was bud­geted to buy new beds for that home and if it wasn’t why wasn’t it?Why was the money short?

“I am to­tally op­posed to us tak­ing money out of aids and adap­ta­tions.

“There’s a huge wait­ing list for peo­ple wait­ing to get on the wait­ing list to get an aid or adap­ta­tion.

“I would be op­posed to us re­mov­ing £64,000 out of that bud­get.”

Ms Cul­shaw re­sponded say­ing the beds were part of the project plan and that there were in­creased costs but that tak­ing money out of the aids and adap­ta­tions bud­get was a “rea­son­able way to ad­dress the short­fall”.

How­ever Coun­cil­lor Bol­lan ar­gued:“It’s not rea­son­able to me. I get a huge amount of en­quiries from peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties who are wait­ing to get as­sessed for aids.

“I think this is a bud­get we should be putting ad­di­tional money into and not re­mov­ing it.”

When asked by coun­cil leader Jonathan McColl whether tak­ing £64,000 out of that bud­get would im­pact on the wait time, Ms Cul­shaw re­sponded by say­ing she wasn’t in a po­si­tion to say for sure.

Mem­bers agreed to call for the chief of­fi­cer to in­ves­ti­gate the is­sue and feed back to a fu­ture coun­cil meeting.

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