Bute Community Council told of local care concerns

Concerns over the provision of local authority care on Bute for some of the island’s most vulnerable residents were raised at Bute Community Council this week.

Local Argyll and Bute councillor Robert Macintyre spoke of his concern at plans to provide more out-of-hours care using ‘telecare’ remote systems, rather than a carer being immediately available at a client’s home, following a presentation to Bute and Cowal councillors by social work management.

Councillor Macintyre told BCC’s May meeting: “There is a great deal of concern among Bute and Cowal clients about this new system where clients who now have 24-hour care are being assessed to see if they can get through the night without anyone looking after them.

“There are one or two cases I’m aware of where, in the opinion of clients’ families, it’s a frightening prospect. I’ve represented quite strongly on behalf of two people on Bute - I would hope they’re not left on their own through the night with no-one to assist them.”

We’ve asked Argyll and Bute Council for a comment on the subject and will publish their response here as soon as it’s received.