Care Provision Shortfall
Following the announcement of the closure of the Sutton Oaks Care Centre, Labour councillors are questioning the quantity and quality of local care provision. The future of Hollins View is in doubt after Cheshire East Council decided to cease all in-house dementia care. The closure of the council-run care homes at Bexton Court in Knutsford and Mountview in Congleton have already put more pressure on local care provision. Now the Cheshire East chief executive of the charity Age UK has said that dementia care is nearing crisis.
The uncertainty is being made worse by a Conservative administration that seems determined to avoid revealing their plans. Before Bexton Court was closed, it was claimed that the centre had to be closed because of the drains, but this was later shown to be untrue. When Mountview was closed it was stated that “We have been required by CQC to close to admissions”. However, Labour sources who contacted the Care Quality Commission (CQC) were told that Mountview had received a good report at its last inspection. Both care homes were closed for respite care ‘temporarily’, but never re-opened.
Now Cllr Laura Jeuda has written to Conservative leaders seeking clarification over the future of the Mayfield Centre, which provides day care services for people with dementia, and the Brocklehurst Unit which is on the same site.
Cllr Laura Jeuda, Labour Councillor for Macclesfield South, said, “The Conservatives are pressing ahead with closures of high quality council services. There is real anger in the community that valued community care facilities are being taken away. It is time that the Conservatives told the truth about the plans for council run care homes so that people can plan ahead.”
Tim Roca, the Prospective Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Macclesfield, said, “Dementia is a growing problem and so you would expect Cheshire East Council to be expanding its provision for dementia care, but in fact it is closing all council-run dementia care and paying money out to the private sector. The Conservatives claim to support competition, but seem determined to prevent council dementia services competing against private provision. Hollins View received a good report at its last Care Quality Commission inspection, in marked contrast to some private sector providers.”