MP gives backing to under-threat Muirhead care home

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A CONCERNED MP has joined growing calls for an under-threat care home to be spared the axe.

North Lanarkshire Council recently revealed they need to make £73.3million in savings, with an announcement expected on where the cuts will fall in mid-December.

A consultation document identified where money could potentially be saved – including the closure of Chilterns Care Home, in Muirhead.

The inclusion of the residential facility on the possible hit-list provoked anger from residents, their families and local councillors.

Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill MP Tom Clarke has become the latest to call on the council to protect the home.

Mr Clarke said that a “substantial” number of constituents had contacted him about the issue and that it had already caused a “great deal of angst” for residents.

He said: “I believe it would be a devastating blow to the entire Chryston community should such a proposal ever be implemented.

“Since becoming the MP for the area I have developed a close association with Chilterns and try to visit the home at least once a year like many others in my constituency.

“On such occasions I have found the residents to be perfectly happy and relaxed in the environment of the home.

“This is made all the more comfortable with a team of staff who are dedicated, well motivated and exceptionally committed to the needs of all the residents.

“That important caring ethos cannot be quantified financially, but is the standard to which each home ought to aspire – in Chilterns it is secured in abundance.”

A council spokesman said: “A wide-ranging consultation with all our residents has been approved. Until this has been completed and the responses analysed, we cannot discuss individual savings options.”

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