Ahead of a meeting of the Integration Joint Board of the Health and Social Care Partnership scheduled to take place at Kilmory on Wednesday and following their group meeting on Monday, The SNP Group on Argyll and Bute Council has voiced strong opposition to the damaging and ill conceived cuts currently proposed for local healthcare services.
The eleven SNP Councillors, who together represent every ward in Argyll and Bute, are calling on the Integration Joint Board to consult with staff and communities, and put a stop to the proposals, which will decimate local jobs and frontline healthcare services. They are also urging the IJB to accept the offer of practical support and assistance from the Scottish Government, that is currently on the table.
Commenting SNP Group Leader Sandy Taylor said:
“In the new Integration Joint Board we all saw a real opportunity for the development of new heath and social care services in Argyll and Bute, improved through innovation, transformation and collaborative working. Instead we are now faced with an unsustainable and damaging reduction in service provision that will detrimentally affect every community in the area and hit the most vulnerable the hardest. The IJB should not lose sight of that initial ambition and must not proceed with current proposals. Any future service redesign should seek to fully involve the staff and communities which the board was set up to serve”.