The growing need for better nursing care provision on Bute has been underlined by official figures contained in a report for local councillors this week.
Twenty-two people living on Bute recevied residential or nursing care placements off the island during 2013-14 - and if the trend of recent years continues, it won’t be long before more island residents are being given placements on the mainland than on Bute due to a lack of local capacity.
According to a report for Argyll and Bute Council’s Bute and Cowal area committee, which meets in Dunoon on Tuesday, the figures for on-island and off-island care placements in the last three financial years are as follows.
2011-12: on-island 30, off-island 18.
2012-13: on-island 25, off-island 21.
2013-14: on-island 25, off-island 22.
The report also contains figures for the 2014-15 financial year up to May 15, which show 25 placements on the island and 23 elsewhere.
Though most of the off-island placements are for nursing care, as a result of the complete lack of any such facility on Bute, the report shows that several mainland placements for residential care or enhanced residential care were also required.
The area committee has previously approved the setting up of an ‘options appraisal’ process to help identify a way forward for the future provision of care home services on Bute.
The report informs Bute and Cowal councillors that a ‘communications and engagement group, reporting to the Bute Re-Shaping Care Group’ will be set up ‘to develop a comprehensive communications and engagement plan’ as part of that appraisal process.
To view the statistics in full, click here and scroll down to the last page of the report.