NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has been advised by the private contractor responsible for the development of the Blawarthill site that they are no longer in partnership with Southern Cross, the company contracted with Glasgow City Council to run the nursing home which was to be built on the site.
The contractor therefore cannot fulfill the contract to deliver the development proposal that would have seen 60 nursing home beds and 60 NHS continuing care beds – along with social housing provision – built at Blawarthill Hospital.
The Health Board meeting on 15th February will receive a recommendation that this contractual situation means that the proposals for the site developed over a period of many years with strong support from the local community, Glasgow City Council, Yoker Housing Association and the NHS Board cannot now be delivered as planned.
We are committed to finding an alternative approach to ensure that the planned social housing with Yoker Housing Association goes ahead and we have also offered to negotiate with Glasgow City Council to accommodate the 120 care home beds they have committed to develop in West Glasgow on the Blawarthill site.
The Health Board will now consider the options for continuing care beds in the West of Glasgow and this review should be concluded by late summer.
Robert Calderwood, Chief Executive, said: “It is terribly disappointing to learn at this late stage that the contract to deliver nursing home, continuing care and social housing on this single site can now not be delivered, as we had planned.
"The local community has been fully supportive of these plans and the news has come as a blow both to us and the local community. However, I am optimistic that we can still secure a major care home and social housing development at Blawarthill by working in partnership with the Council."
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