Tobermory needs Glen Iosal care home

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, I joined the huge crowd of lo­cal peo­ple out­side the Glen Iosal care home in Tobermory to hear the ex­pla­na­tion from an Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil of­fi­cial of why Glen Iosal is to lose fund­ing.

The war­den is to lose her job and con­se­quently the aged and in­firm will lose the hu­man touch.

Res­i­dents will be on a mon­i­tored sys­tem to where? Ed­in­burgh?

This war­den is a life­line but that doesn’t seem to mat­ter to the well­paid pow­ers-that-be.

Tobermory needs this fa­cil­ity to con­tinue but, as with all fund­ing, is­lands don’t seem to mat­ter.

The lo­cal peo­ple pro­vide so much in Tobermory, which is freely given to places such as Oban. If we want flow­ers around the town, we do it. If we want the har­bour rail­ings painted, we do it.

Now it seems the coun­cil can no longer af­ford the wage of a prime carer, who is re­lied on by the el­derly and in­firm at Glen Iosal.

I won­der what they will spend her salary on? Oh dear, I for­got. They will have to foot the bill for these ex­pen­sive call mon­i­tors so that the el­derly and in­firm can talk to some­body hun­dreds of miles away.

Where is the logic in dis­man­tling a sys­tem that works to in­stall ma­chines for com­mu­ni­ca­tion?

Where is the hu­man­ity? Where is the money? It is there be­cause we have seen it spent on the won­der­ful (un­nec­es­sary) land­scap­ing in Oban town cen­tre with its beau­ti­ful flower dis­plays. Where is the jus­tice? Pat Sands, Breadal­bane Street, Tobermory.

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