Owner says underfunding obliged him to close


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

An Edinburgh nursing home owner has outlined the level of his losses that have obliged him to close, blaming underfunding by local authorities. Colin MacLean, who had run the Argyle House nursing home in Portobello for 17 years, told the Evening News in Edinburgh that in a three-month period he had lost £25,000. “We lost a considerable amount of money last year and in the first three months of this year we lost £25,000,” Mr MacLean said. “We needed £50 or £60 a week extra per resident. I can¹t afford it ­ we have two young children. “Long-term underfunding is the problem. We are having to pay out more in wages because of the minimum wage. We are getting hardly any more money from the Executive than we got 10 years ago.” Mr MacLean said the difficulties at the home had been compounded by the cost of meeting new safety regulations. The local city council has now had to find alternative accommodation at other care homes across the city for the home¹s 21 residents. At present care homes are paid £416 per





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