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Wellbeing of residents at coronavirus-hit Home Farm Care Home on Skye paramount, say Highland MSPs after court hearing


By Hector MacKenzie

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Rhoda Grant: 'It is a bit sad that it took this to happen to get HC-One to get their act together.'
Rhoda Grant: 'It is a bit sad that it took this to happen to get HC-One to get their act together.'

HIGHLAND MSPs have spoken out after the latest developments at a Skye care home where 10 people have died following a coronavirus outbreak.

The company running Home Farm Care Home in Portree has been given another three weeks to keep its operating licence after a legal hearing today.

HC-One had faced having the licence removed revoked in a virtual courtroom hosted by Inverness Sheriff Court and Sheriff Eilidh Macdonald today.

But after agreement between the company and other health care operatives including NHS Highland, it was decided to ask the court to defer consideration to allow all concerned in the welfare of the residents to minimise disruption and afford an opportunity for all concerns to be addressed.

It is a bit sad that it took this to happen to get HC-One to get their act together.
Rhoda Grant MSP

If this is successfully done by June 10, then it is expected that HC-One will be allowed to continue running the home.

Speaking after the hearing, MSP for the Isle of Skye Kate Forbes said: “As the local MSP, my priority is to ensure that the highest standard of care is given to the residents of Home Farm in Portree. I am pleased that the Care Inspectorate has taken such robust action, and will continue to monitor the situation.

“NHS Highland have already been providing support to residents in the home, and will continue to effectively run the home.The situation at Home Farm, where there have been 10 deaths, has been devastating for everybody in the local community and particularly for relatives and friends.

“Whatever happens in the long run about ownership, residents at Home Farm will get all the support they need in these difficult days.”

Highlands & Islands MSP Rhoda Grant said: “Whatever happens to ownership, the residents need to have their home protected and should not be moved.

"However, this should not be at the detriment of their care which must be up to standard.I understand that the court heard that there had been improvement but it is a bit sad that it took this to happen to get HC-One to get their act together.”

It comes after The Care Inspectorate applied to the court to cancel the registration of Home Farm Care Come in Portree over “serious and significant concerns”.

A total of 30 residents and 29 staff have tested positive for the virus.

Related: Three-week reprieve for care home operator after court hearing


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