FMQs: Leonard calls for urgent Bield Care Home review

Nicola Sturgeon faced calls to review the failure of private care providers after a woman in her late 80s with severe dementia was forced to move care homes, after calls from her family.

The Labour leader, Richard Leonard, raised the case of Christina Wilson, a care home resident of Bield in Bonnybridge, Falkirk at FMQs.

Christina Wilson was moved from her Beild flat earlier this year to Bankview care home in Falkirk when Bield walked away from the care home market.

Her granddaughter, Laura Owens, had contracted Leonard to raise how the impact of move traumatised her and in her belief worsened her condition.

Leonard commented that: “It was Labour that introduced free personal care for the elderly because the dignity with which we treat our older citizens is a measure of the kind of society we are.

“For Christina Wilson it was not necessarily that there was a compromise in the quality of care she received, but there was a huge breach in the continuity of care she received.

“Because her care home provider walked away from the market, this woman in her late 80s, with dementia was forced to move home.

“I’m not sure that any of us can really begin to feel the distress and the trauma that has been caused, but we have a duty to understand it.

“Christina’s family demands a review of the human impact of what they describe in their own words as these forced transitions, and they are right.

“Nicola Sturgeon should set up a review of the impact of the Bield case as soon as possible, to understand the impact of private providers walking away from vulnerable residents.”

Sturgeon defended the provision of social care in Scotland, arguing: ”We have a good care system in this country,”.

The first minister also said that the Scottish health secretary will look into the case of Christina Wilson, and blamed the private healthcare provider, Bield, for the decision.

At present although social care in Scotland is free for those over 65 who have been assessed to require it, the system has previously been branded 'unsustainable' by financial watchdogs.

In 2016 the Accounts Commission warned that an extra £667m in funding would be required to just maintain current levels of services.

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