Care home budget concerns
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.