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By Abbey Morton
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Care home closure confirmed

A BID to find a new provider of care at trouble-hit Singleton Park has failed.

And as a result, residents will be transferred to new accommodation in the coming weeks and months and the Courance home will be closed, Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership (DGHSCP) confirmed yesterday.
A procurement process to find a suitable provider has been taking place in recent months but it concluded with no expressions of interest.
DGHSCP chief officer Julie White said: “Every step has been taken to find a suitable care provider to take over the running of this home.
“This followed the Care Inspectorate’s successful legal bid for the then provider to have its registration suspended – amid concerns over the quality of care at Singleton Park Care Home.
“Throughout, the care of residents at the home has been our prime concern, and Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care acted immediately, providing direct support to the residents by committing its own staff to work alongside Singleton Park employees.
“Every step has been taken to find a suitable care provider to take over the running of this home, but unfortunately this has proven to be unsuccessful, with the consequence that the care home residents will now be transferred to alternative facilities over the coming weeks and months.”
Staff at Singleton Park, who continued to work at the care home following the Care Inspectorate’s intervention, have been praised for their commitment and dedication.
As the local authority assumed legal responsibility for the care home after the registration of the previous providers was revoked by the Care Inspectorate, the responsibility for the formal closure will be retained by the chief social work officer for Dumfries and Galloway Council Lillian Cringles.

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