Church of Scotland to close five nursing homes

Posted on May 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The Church of Scotland intends to close five of its nursing homes, caring for a total of 125 people, due to cash losses. The church says it has no choice but to cut back on a £2.7 million operating deficit. Rev Jim Cowie, convener of the church¹s board of social responsibility, criticised both central government and local authorities, saying they should be “utterly ashamed” of their lack of support. “The board of social responsibility very much regrets the need for these decisions but cannot continue to subsidise what is a public authority responsibility,” Rev Cowie said. Help The Aged and Age Concern Scotland have criticised the closures with Help the Aged¹s Elizabeth Duncan saying that every step must be taken to ensure the residents and their families are fully consulted. “They should be put in touch with all relevant agencies about the move and a full assessment of their needs should be taken,” Ms Duncan said. Age Concern Scotland director Maureen O¹Neill said the charity was “appalled but not surpris

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