Mountview Decision Called In by Labour
Mountview is a 35 bedroom care home providing respite, re-ablement and day services for older people, including up to 10 spaces for people with dementia.
In 2013 a public consultation was held on the future of Mountview. Over 1,000 responses were received, overwhelmingly supporting keeping Mountview open. As a result of a widespread public campaign, Mountview was ostensibly granted a reprieve. However, some anxiety was expressed about the integrity of the consultation. A number of respondents were concerned that a decision to close Mountview had already been taken. There was also the perception that, because staff at Mountview had been served with 90 day notices, Mountview was earmarked for closure prior to the consultation period. Those concerns appear to be being proved correct.
At the Cheshire East Council meeting on 14 May 2014, in response to a question about Mountview, Cllr Janet Clowes said that, following the death of a Mountview resident, “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. Cllr Clowes also said “We will take our lead from the coroner and the CQC.” However, rather than waiting for the coroner’s report, the Cabinet meeting on 1 July resolved to press ahead with plans to cease respite care at Mountview.
The decision on 1 July was an abuse of process and so the Labour Group on Cheshire East Council has called in the decision for further scrutiny.
Cllr Laura Jeuda, Labour Councillor for Macclesfield South, said, “At the Cheshire East Council meeting in May we were assured that the Council would take its lead from the coroner and the CQC. There is real anger in the community that valued community care facilities are being taken away.”
Sam Corcoran, Labour Councillor for Sandbach Heath & East, 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 viciously cutting council-run facilities and paying money out to the private sector. Mountview had received a good report at its last Care Quality Commission inspection. The Conservatives claim to support competition, but seem determined to prevent council dementia services competing against private provision.”
Ernie Clarke, chairman of Buglawton Community Group, has campaigned to save Mountview from closure. The former Congleton Mayor, said, “There’s been times when they’ve suspended admissions at Mountview. Once it’s because the carpets needed re-laying, and another time it was because the decorations upstairs weren’t up to scratch. It seems Cheshire East is determined to close it down to save money. You should mark it in your calendar – in 12 months time they’ll be saying they can’t afford to keep the day care at Mountview either.”