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The Board made it clear that it was committed to pursuing a successful two-way dialogue with the management and Chair of St Margaret's and recorded its hope that St Margaret's are now ready to engage on a change of use of beds with a funding package that avoids financial risk to St Margaret's.
It was agreed the Chief Executive, Tom Divers and Chair, Andrew Robertson, would progress talks with St Margaret's in a bid to find agreement as to alternative funding arrangements and use of the beds and report back to the Board at its meeting on the 24 June 2008.
The Board were also told that the vast majority of St Margaret's continuing care patients were from the City of Glasgow with only three of the beds occupied by Dunbartonshire residents.
The Board were also told that Glasgow City Council were fully supportive of the Health Board's plan and the suggested change of use of 30 continuing care beds at St Margaret's.
The Board heard that the Continuing Care for the Frail Elderly Plan had been revisited to test that its original assumptions were still valid and it was stressed that reductions in the number of continuing care beds had been implemented and negotiated successfully elsewhere in the city.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Board agreed today it has a surplus of NHS continuing care beds but that the Chairman and Chief Executive would take forward discussions with St Margaret's Hospice in Clydebank to try and identify an agreeable alternative funding arrangement for the change of use of 30 NHS continuing care beds.