Proposals to cut back on overnight care services for vulnerable people with mental health issues have been slammed as “shocking” by support staff.
Workers at private firms contracted by Dundee’s Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) have been told they could lose out on shifts and wages as a result.
The number of staff on “sleepover” shifts on site at supported accommodation could be cut from two to one, with remote specialists available on call for more “difficult” situations.
Individuals in the care sector have privately expressed fears of a negative impact on the quality of care for those with mental health issues.
A source with knowledge of the proposed changes told the Tele: “People with mental health issues need people with them that they know and trust.
“These workers have built up relationships with the people they support. It’s absolutely shocking.
“To do this to people with mental health issues is disgraceful.”
It is believed the city council could trial the proposal in the DD4 postcode area, covering communities such as Whitfield, Fintry, Douglas and Craigie, later expanding elsewhere.
A spokesman for Dundee HSCP confirmed it was discussing the proposal with contractors.
He said: “At present, people with mental health issues in their own tenancies are supported by two staff overnight, one awake and one asleep.
“Under the pilot proposals, the member of staff on site who is awake would remain and be able to call on a specialist response service to help deal with difficult situations.
“Similar models are being used successfully in care homes and other care settings.
“At the moment we are still in the design and consultation phase and no decisions have been taken about when the pilot might be implemented.”