Conservative Councillors have called for action to be taken following an Inspection into Hamilton/Blantyre/Larkhall Home Care Services.

The damning report, from an unannounced visit on 21st of May, was raised as a matter of urgent business in the Social Work Committee last week. It highlights concerns that have been raised in previous visits still not being addressed. 

Staff have felt the pressures - rushing to complete tasks, resulting in some residents essential care needs not being met. The Inspectors also discovered staff did not feel confident in delivering the medication aspects of care.

The grading history from inspections for the home care services in Hamilton/Blantyre/Larkhall have shown a steady decline since March 2014. They are graded on 4 categories: Care & Support; Environment; Staffing; Management & Leadership.

South Lanarkshire Council’s previous Labour administration and the current SNP administration have failed in taking action to address these failings.

Conservative Business Manager, Councillor Richard Nelson who sits on the Social Work Committee commented, “It was apparent that the most recent Care Inspectorate report into Home Care within the Hamilton, Blantyre and Larkhall has raised some serious questions for officers.” 

He continues, “I voiced my dismay with this at the most recent Social Work Committee meeting and have made clear that we need to work with officers to rectify these issues.”

“We need to view the work plan which has been drawn up by officers to find a constructive way forward that protects everyone.”

The Conservatives Group will be meeting with council officers to discuss this report further and to support the action needed to improve Home Care Services.