Ap­peal for Gov­ern­ment to halt clo­sure of 12 care homes

The Herald - - NEWS -

THE Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment is be­ing urged to step in and pre­vent care com­pany Bield from “aban­don­ing” scores of el­derly peo­ple by clos­ing its 12 nurs­ing homes north of the Bor­der.

The firm an­nounced its plans in Oc­to­ber, say­ing fi­nan­cial con­straints meant it had to look dif­fer­ently at how the busi­ness op­er­ates.

Uni­son has warned the clo­sures would be a “disas­ter”, as 160 el­derly peo­ple will lose their home and up to 200 care work­ers face com­pul­sory re­dun­dancy.

The union has been cam­paign­ing against the plans and has ar­ranged a public meet­ing in Glas­gow for rel­a­tives.

Bield, a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, is to shut its homes in Ed­in­burgh, Falkirk, Glas­gow, Bor­ders, South La­nark­shire and West Loth­ian. Uni­son sug­gests this could hap­pen by the sum­mer.

John Gal­lacher, the union’s Scot­tish or­gan­iser, said it had been work­ing to sup­port af­fected fam­i­lies and was “lob­by­ing hard for in­ter­ven­tion” to stop the clo­sures.

He said: “We are dis­ap­pointed Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment min­is­ters seem con­tent to stand by and let the clo­sures hap­pen, when the lives of vul­ner­a­ble el­derly peo­ple are at risk.”

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