Labour demand review into ‘forced transition’ of Bield care home residents

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Richard Leonard

Labour have demanded a review of care home closures which threaten “forced transition” on elderly residents.

Bield announced in October it was to shut 12 of its properties in Scotland, including three in Fife.

In his call for a study into the impact on residents at First Minister’s Questions, Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard raised the case of an 87-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s who had to move from a flat to a nursing home.

Christina Wilson, the Falkirk gran who died last week, deteriorated within weeks of being rehoused, said her granddaughter and Save Our Bield campaigner Laura Owens.

“Christina’s family demands a review of the human impact of what they describe in their own words as these forced transitions,” Mr Leonard said.

“And they are right, so First Minister, will you establish a review into what happened at Bield so that all of the wider lessons can be learned?”

The First Minister said her “deep condolences” were with Ms Wilson’s family, adding she would ask the Health Secretary to meet with Ms Owens.

“I know how difficult this is for any residents affected and for their families, but it is important when these things happen, which are deeply regrettable, the government works with partners to ensure that residents can be re-accommodated quickly,” she said.

An agreement was reached earlier this month for Kingdom Homes to take over Finavon Court in Glenrothes, with a seamless transition promised for residents.

Discussions are said to be taking place surrounding similar deals for Grantbank and Gillie Court in Dunfermline.