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Glasgow council reduces home care services due to coronavirus

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Glasgow City Council has contacted the families of lower priority recipients of its home care services to inform them that their loved one can expect a reduction in the level of care they receive for the foreseeable future.

This change is due to the constraints and pressures placed on the council by the coronavirus.

Glasgow City Council said it has been forced to prioritise higher risk patients, including those requiring managed medication or stoma care, or who have complex mobility issues, advanced dementia, or a number of other conditions.

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The council said that the families of all patients receiving a reduced service have been informed so that they can take appropriate measures to look after their family member.

A spokeswoman for Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership said: “We have taken the difficult decision to move to critical care cover in Homecare for all areas of the city. This means we have to concentrate resources on priority services and caring for our most vulnerable service users.

“We are also focusing on supporting patients being discharged from hospital. Families and carers are being contacted directly to ensure services users are supported.”

The council gave no comment on when the public can expect its services to resume as normal.

In the past two days Glasgow City Council has made other moves to reduce costs at this time. These have included asking any of its employees willing to take a voluntary redundancy to step forward, and suspending on-street parking fines.

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