Scotland's social care watchdog is pressing ahead with the closure of a care home following concerns about the quality of care provided.

 The decision comes after the Care Inspectorate rejected a request from the home's owner to reconsider a proposal to close it down.

Inspectors raised significant concerns about the care offered to elderly and vulnerable residents at Clachnaharry Care Home in Inverness, and when the care home failed to improve, inspectors proposed to cancel its licence to operate.

The care provider, RDS Healthcare, asked for a review of that proposal under statutory procedures and that review has now been carried out.

A spokesman for the Care Inspectorate said: “We have carefully considered the provider’s proposals for the home.

“However, we are not satisfied that it would achieve the desired outcome for residents.

“At all times the health, safety and well-being of people using care services is paramount.

“While the majority of care homes in Scotland perform well, we do not hesitate to act on concerns where necessary.

“In this case we have decided to cancel the registration of Clachnaharry Care Home.”

The latest inspection report and other information on Clachnaharry Care Home can be found here