Care cuts could come back

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Parts of the savage cuts to Argyll and Bute’s health and social care could come back in ‘a different form’, despite being rejected last month.

Intense public pressure caused health and care chiefs to think again, after their plans to cut council-run care homes, day care and learning disability centres were leaked. For people who work within and use these services, re-design means closure and more than 400 potential job losses.

The Health and Social Care Partnership’s most controversial proposals were rejected by the Integrated Joint Board (IJB). But the IJB’s vice chairman councillor Kieron Green told Oban Community Council on Monday the deficit had not gone away.

‘We have been left with a £2.4 million budget gap for this year,’ he said. ‘It is incumbent on us to deliver a balanced budget. Some aspects of the ones rejected may come back in a different form. There was an ongoing review of the disability service. The demand for health and social care is outpacing what the council or government can keep up with.’

They have until their meeting on Wednesday May 30 at Kilmory to plan another solution.