Calls for emergency statement on Edinburgh Nursing Home

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Scottish Labour called today on the Scottish Government to make an emergency statement on the situation at the Elsie Inglis nursing home in Abbeyhill, Edinburgh.

The call comes after the news that a 59 year-old resident of the home died in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary last week, amid concerns over standards of care.

It is understood that since then, as many as six patients have been hospitalised with health issues, with others being moved out by friends and relatives.

The home, currently under police investigation, is operated by Peacock Medicare – who are also responsible for two other care homes in Livingston.

Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health, Jackie Baillie MSP said:

“”We must get to the bottom of exactly what has happened at the Elsie Inglis Nursing Home. 

“People expect their relatives to receive the best possible standards of care when being looked after, but it would appear something has gone far wrong at this nursing home. 

“We must ensure that swift action is taken and that this is dealt with at the highest levels. That’s why Labour is calling for an urgent ministerial statement on the issue. 

“The Scottish Government needs to make clear what immediate actions it has taken to ensure the safety of the residents as well as ensuring wider lessons are learnt.”