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There must be real concern among the elderly and their families on Arran at this week’s story about the crisis in the care at home service.
Health bosses have admitted that the high volume of referrals every day means that the service simply cannot cope and have apologised for delays.
It is a pity it took the plight of a 90-year-old on the island being raised at the Scottish parliament for this to come to light.
To ease the pressure the health chiefs say they are ‘continually recuiting’ care at home staff to meet the on-island demand – but just how many qualified people are out there to take up these positions? And are they attractive enough to those suitably qualified?
It is no secret Arran has an ageing population and clearly the pressure on the services is beginning to show.
Plans are already being put in place for the partnership to run all health and social services on the island in a new joined-up approach. It is to be hoped that the necessary funding will be made available to meet the increasingly challenging conditions facing the services in the coming years ahead.