Oliver calls on First Minister to save Acorn House

Dumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell is calling on the First Minister to personally ensure that Acorn House stays open in Dumfries.

Mr Mundell has also written again to Health Secretary Shona Robison MSP, with whom he raised the issue with last month.

In response, Ms Robison said she understood a board had been set up to review short break services across Dumfries and Galloway but no decisions had yet been taken.

Now Mr Mundell wants the SNP Government to ensure that Acorn House or a like for like service is readily available for people in the region. The local MSP says the service is essential and is not an added extra.

Without the support of Acorn House, he believes young people and parents could be put at risk and closing the facility and making provision out of the region could end up costing more in the long run.

Commenting Oliver Mundell MSP said: “Ever since these plans were first mooted, it has been a hugely worrying time for parents who rely on the excellent services provided at Acorn House.

“While there now appears to be some sort of proper consultation going on, there is no doubt in my mind that Acorn House is an essential facility which should remain open in this region.

“I do not even know why services are being reviewed at all at Acorn House and the last thing local people need is another health service shutting down or being centralised.

“I am concerned that the health board will not take on board what parents have to say, so that is why I am calling on the First Minister and Health Secretary to personally intervene in keeping Acorn House open.

“I hope that the SNP Government can respond to my calls as a matter of urgency in order to give clarification to service users in my constituency that there will be a short respite care service available.”