New admissions are put on hold at crisis-hit Dalmoak Castle care home

COUNCIL bosses have banned new admissions to a crisis-hit care home. West Dunbartonshire Council has also slashed the level of payments Dalmoak Castle receives for each resident placed in its care by the authority.

A council spokeswoman council confirmed the authority’s social work department was monitoring the position at the Renton facility.

She added: “The council wrote to the relatives and carers of the residents in Dalmoak, informing them that the council had placed a moratorium on new admissions to the home.

“That moratorium is still in force and the council is not approving any further admissions to the home until further notice.

“Since the completion of the most recent inspection, there has been a change of manager at the home.

“However, the council’s temporary halt on admissions will remain until officers from the social work and health department have met with the management of the home and have been satisfied that a plan to improve the standards for the care and wellbeing of the residents at Dalmoak is in place.”

Labour leader Councillor Martin Rooney said although there had been some improvements, there was still a great deal of work to do.

He added: “Vulnerable elderly people are entitled to the highest quality of service in West Dunbartonshire and I intend to make sure that they get it.”