Anxious wait for would-be guardian dad

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Dad Ian Johnstone who claimed GPs at Connel Surgery has let his adoptive son down, is waiting to hear if his bid for guardianship has been successfully lodged.

Daniel had a private GP make the journey from Glasgow on Sunday to conduct a capacity assessment that was urgently needed, which the 18-year-old’s doctors at Connel felt unable to do.

Mr Johnstone said Daniel’s assessment ‘took all of 10 minutes’.

Mr Johnstone told The Oban Times last week that the assessment of his son, who has learning difficulties as well as Asperger’s, Autism and epilepsy, was necessary so he could apply for guardianship as Daniel’s conditions mean the teenager needs one-to-one care and support, and is unable to survive by himself.

Last week time was running out for the GP assessment to be conducted, putting at risk two assessments and reports already completed by a clinical psychologist and mental health officer. Due to all three reports having to be completed within a 30-day period, without the GP assessment it meant the other two assessments and reports would have to be repeated costing the NHS more money. If the deadline passed, the legal process of getting guardianship would go back to square one.

Mr Johnstone said he was now waiting to hear from his lawyer if the three reports were lodged in time or if the legal process for guardianship would have to start from scratch again.

He added that he had had ‘No contact from Connel surgery yet’.