A CALL was made today to keep open a drying-out shelter for people found drunk on Aberdeen’s streets.
The Designated Place Facility at the Albyn House centre in Dee Street provides a bed and support.
However, NHS Grampian and Police Scotland are set to withdraw vital funding from next year.
North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald said: “The Designated Place is a unique service in Scotland, allowing police to get on with the job of policing the streets, and accident and emergency staff to focus on looking after those facing real medical emergencies.”
Charity Alcohol Support runs the scheme, which provides care and support for around 800 people a year.
Mr Macdonald has written to health secretary Shona Robison and justice secretary Michael Matheson asking the Scottish Government to look at what it can do to help plug the funding gap for the project.
A spokeswoman for NHS Grampian said: “The Aberdeen City Alcohol and Drugs Partnership (ADP) has agreed that there are alternative, better and more cost-effective ways of dealing with the problem.”
A Scottish Government spokesman said: “Decisions on local services such as this are a matter for the relevant local bodies.”