Health chiefs say they don't want to pay for 52 dementia beds in Cumbernauld now

Fears have been raised about the potential loss of a special unit which caters for patients with dementia at Cumbernauld Care Home – which health bosses want to move 15 miles away to Bellshill.

NHS Lanarkshire will not be drawn at this stage on plans for its Health and Social Care wing to remove 52 specially designated dementia beds from the Greenfaulds facility, after stressing that no decisions have been made to date.

However the matter is set to be discussed at a meeting this week amidst claims that the organisation can no longer afford to pay £1.6 million annual bill for the 52 bed-based unit when only five of those beds are occupied at present.

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The news has raised wider questions about the level of care for dementia patients in the town longer term, and has prompted many desperately concerned constituents to approach both Jamie Hepburn MSP and his Scottish National Party colleague Stuart McDonald MP for representation.

Mr Hepburn told us: “We now have now made contact with both the chief executives of North Lanarkshire Council and NHS Lanarkshire to express our opposition to this proposal.

"It is important that patients living with dementia continue to benefit from care at this home and so that there continues to be localised care available for any new care home residents.”