A Scottish hospital is pressing ahead with plans to send patients with learning difficulties to live with staff despite allegations of misconduct and maltreatment of residents.

Managers at Lennox Castle Hospital, Glasgow, have reinstated two out of six nurses suspended after complaints by student nurses last month.

Investigation of the other four continues.

A spokesperson for Greater Glasgow primary care trust said a controversial family placement scheme to care for patients after the long-stay hospital closes in 2002 is 'still being considered as part of the resettlement process.'

Mary Scanlon, Conservative health spokeswoman in Scotland, said this was 'despicable'.

'Many of these patients would have difficulty in expressing themselves and would find it difficult to get help if there were problems.'

The trust insists that none of the staff volunteering for the scheme are among the six investigated.