Decision welcomed by MSP

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A decision to save a range of local services from possible cutbacks has been welcomed by Highlands and Islands List MSP Donald Cameron.

The Argyll and Bute Integration Joint Board (IJB) met at a crunch meeting recently to decide the fate of a number of local services, including elderly care facilities and services for the disabled.

It was decided to reject proposals which could have seen services such as Thomson Court in Rothesay axed.

The IJB will now review new proposals which will be drawn up ahead of their next meeting in May, as they try to identify savings of £13 million for this financial year alone.

Donald Cameron MSP (Con) was delighted with the IJB’s decision to reject the cuts.

He said: “I welcome the decision from the IJB to save these vital services, some of which have had the spectre of closure and funding cuts hanging over them for some time now. I recognise that the IJB need to find significant savings and that will inevitability lead to tough and unpopular decisions.

That said, I am stunned by the utter hypocrisy of the SNP’s Health Secretary with her recent intervention because many of these decisions are being taken because of the dreadful management of the NHS by the SNP Government over the last decade and compounded by a serious lack of any forward planning.”