Argyll and Bute Integration Joint Board (IJB) met last week to consider a number of service change proposals to address a significant budget gap for 2018/19.
Following the meeting Christina West, chief officer of the Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP), said: “The IJB were presented with some very difficult decisions to take and were faced with a dilemma with conflicting priorities of providing quality care, meeting performance targets and expectations and delivering financial balance.
“I am also aware that the speculation over the proposals has been unsettling for our staff, communities and stakeholders and I regret the upset, concern and anxiety that this has caused.
“An alternative motion was approved by the IJB and this included removing some potential savings and requested officers to develop alternative savings proposals to be brought back to the IJB in May 2018. The decision by the IJB to reject these proposals and not therefore approve a balanced budget means that further work is required to identify these savings.
“HSCP officers will continue to engage and work with our staff, third and independent sectors, trade unions, our funding partners and our communities to develop plans to deliver savings. A further paper will be brought to the IJB at its next meeting in May.”