Health Secretary asks to meet with operator of care home

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HEALTH Secretary Alex Neil has asked to meet with the operator of a scandal-hit city nursing home which was shut to new admissions after “serious concerns” were raised over care standards.

The Bupa-run Pentland Hill nursing home was given a damning report by the Care Inspectorate in August and handed a formal improvement notice. Police are investigating four deaths at the facility.

Alex Salmond revealed yesterday at First Minister’s Questions that Mr Neil had asked to meet with Bupa to discuss what steps are being taken to ensure the quality of care across all their Scottish homes.

Labour Lothians MSP Neil Findlay had questioned the First Minister over the inspection regime for care homes, which he said had “repeatedly identified problems in key areas” at Pentland Hill but had not led to improvements.

Mr Salmond said: “Most people would accept the new inspection regime for care homes is a substantial improvement.”