Meeting gives Skye care home hope for future, says MP Blackford

The Budhmor Care Home in Portree,
The Budhmor Care Home in Portree. Photograph: CrossReach. NO F13 Outside view Budhmor

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Ross, Skye and  Lochaber MP Ian Blackford has given a hopeful message that a more suitable solution to the Budhmor care home closure is possible following what he describes as a ‘very productive’ meeting with CrossReach chief executive, Viv Dickenson.

The news comes following on from the recent ‘Save Budhmor’ protest in Portree’s Somerled Square, which was attended by Mr Blackford and who addressed those in attendance with the latest on the matter.

Commenting last week, Mr Blackford said he had a very productive meeting with Ms Dickenson, at Budhmor care home in Portree.

MP for Skye Ian Blackford. NO F15 Ian Blackford leaning
MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber Ian Blackford.

He said: ‘I had met with Viv to discuss removing the threat of closure to Budhmor and the threat of redundancy for the staff.

‘I was able to confirm to many of the family members of residents that I met after my meeting that the immediate threat of redundancy has been removed.

‘I am grateful that this threat has been removed. The staff at Budhmor are an asset to the community and their future must be secured, as I believe it will be.

‘There had been a number of meetings between myself, NHS Highland and Highland Council over the last week and I thank both organisations for their positive engagement.

‘We collectively need to agree with the community of Skye and Lochalsh a long-term vision for elderly care and there is a commitment to achieve this.

‘Equally we need to make sure there is appropriate provision in the near term to satisfy the needs of the community and that means Budhmor remaining open until such time as longer-term facilities are in place.’

Mr Blackford added that while there is work to be done, there was a willingness from CrossReach to work collectively with NHS Highland and other partner agencies to make this happen, although CrossReach was unlikely to remain as the operator.

And he concluded: ‘Standing together as a community, the battle to retain Budhmor will prevail.’