Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 February 2013 11:56 Written by Colin Cameron Tuesday, 26 February 2013 11:27
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Argyll and Bute SNP MSP, Michael Russell, has stepped into the row over the threatened closure of Struan Lodge – demanding that action to close the Dunoon care home be suspended.
Speaking after a visit to Struan Lodge, Mr Russell said: “The council needs to work with the community to find a way forward that keeps Struan Lodge in existence even if run by others.
“It is regarded as being one of the best care homes in the area and the residents - including six who are over 90 and two who are over 100 - deserve more than displacement and re-housing, some of them for a second time.
“Finding a better way forward for them and the community will take some time and accordingly I am asking the council today to agree to suspend any further action.”
Mr Russell went on to claim that bed blocking within the NHS-run Dunoon Hospital has already begun due to the council suspending admissions to Struan Lodge.
He commented: “I am also asking them (Argyll and Bute Council) to lift the bar on admissions, not least because it is already leading to bed blocking in the local hospital which has an in-patient who cannot be moved because the council has told Struan Lodge to help no one else.”
Mr Russell concluded: “I would be happy to work with Cllrs Breslin and Blair, other local councillors, Dunoon Community Council and the wider community in Cowal in the campaign for Struan Lodge.”
More in this week’s Dunoon Observer and Argyllshire Standard.