Cuts to vital Dundee respite centre reversed after crunch talks

Cuts to beds and staff at a Dundee respite centre for severely disabled children are to be reversed following crunch talks between parents and MSPs.

The Glenlaw Parent and Carer group held the “last resort” meeting, attended by Shona Robison, Jenny Marra and various health representatives last week.

Glenlaw House, based at Kings Cross Hospital, provides overnight care for children aged up to 18 with profound learning disabilities but the number of beds has been reduced over the past five years.

Jenny and Blake McMillan with Allan Petrie.

However, changes are to be made to the facility’s operating model, which is expected to ease the problems experienced.

Allan Petrie, a carer for three children and chairman of the parents’ campaign group, said: “We were hoping for a larger turnout of MSPs but the ones who did come were fully supportive.

“NHS Tayside had a meeting with the Care Inspectorate, which agreed to relax the rules over the staff to bed ratio.

“This means that they will be able to reinstate the two beds that had been axed.”

A spokesman for NHS Tayside said: “It is our aim to have four operational respite beds available at Glenlaw House, provided that this can be staffed safely.”