Dundee board to consider review that could lead to 100 care worker job losses

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It’s feared that up to 100 care workers could lose their jobs as a result of a review of home care services.

Members of Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership integration joint board are to be asked to consider the cost saving options open to them at a meeting this week.

A report to go before the board on Wednesday lists five possible options as part of a review of social care services.

One of the options would result in the number of care workers being reduced by 104 from 277 to 173.

In their joint report, chief officer David Lynch and head of service Diane McCulloch said that in the last financial year an additional £1 million was invested into temporary social care provision in Dundee.

The report added: “Despite this investment, demand for services continues to outstrip availability.

“There is therefore a requirement to develop services that will consider how best to address the increase in demand and provide sustainable services.

The report offers five possible options to address the issue.

As well as the option that would result in the loss of more than 100 jobs, a further option would result in the loss of 32 care posts.

That option, which is being recommended for approval, would take staff levels to 245.