Home re-opens af­ter a year

The Oban Times - - News 7 -

MAL­LAIG care home, the Mack­in­tosh cen­tre, is set to re- open on Mon­day af­ter more than a year.

The cen­tre shut in July last year amid al­le­ga­tions of poor prac­tice and abuse but, fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, it was found there was no crim­i­nal case to an­swer although an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into prac­tices of sus­pended staff is still on­go­ing.

At the time of clo­sure, NHS High­land said ‘the Mack’ would be closed for four to six weeks but fol­low­ing long-run­ning re­cruit­ment prob­lems and eight de­lays, it re­mains closed. A spokesman for NHS High­land con­firmed this Mon­day (Au­gust 3) as the date res­i­dents would be moved home, af­ter liv­ing more than 40 miles away in Fort Wil­liam’s In­vernevis house for the last year.

He added: ‘Our pri­or­ity is al­ways to en­sure the safety of the res­i­dents. An in­ter­nal process is still on­go­ing in re­spect of the staff mem­bers con­cerned.

‘The con­cerns raised as a re­sult of the largescale in­ves­ti­ga­tion led se­nior staff at NHS High­land and the Mack­in­tosh cen­tre to im­prove prac­tice within the care home, by im­prov­ing the level of staffing, train­ing and fu­ture plan­ning be­fore res­i­dents were re­turned.’

A spokesman who has been work­ing on be­half of the res­i­dents’ fam­i­lies pre­vi­ously said they wouldn’t be­lieve the cen­tre was re- open­ing un­til it ac­tu­ally hap­pened, but said it seems to be go­ing ahead this time.

He said: ‘Hope­fully at this late stage it will be too far gone to go back now.

‘It’s just a shame it has taken as long as it has.’

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.