Mountview Care Home Facing Closure
At the Cheshire East Council meeting on 14 May 2014, in response to a question about Mountview, Cllr Janet Clowes said 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. Referring to a recent, regrettable death at Mountview, Cllr Clowes also said “We will take our lead from the coroner and the CQC.” However, far from waiting for the coroner’s report, the Conservatives on Cheshire East Council have brought forward their plans to stop all internal provision on dementia and close Mountview for respite care.
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 been taken and that it was a done deal. 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.
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. Yet the Cabinet agenda and the press release from Cheshire East Council suggests that the future of Mountview is a done deal.”
Sam Corcoran, Labour Councillor for Sandbach Heath & East, said, “Mountview was saved from closure last year by a vigorous local campaign in support of the facilities provided there. Regrettably, the Conservatives on Cheshire East Council seem determined to close Mountview. Mountview is a valuable local resource which supports those suffering from dementia and their carers. It is highly regrettable that Cllr Clowes refers to Adult Social Care as a political football while at the same time pushing forward a party political agenda on outsourcing services. Cllr Clowes should stick to the commitment she made only last month at the Council meeting wait for the coroner’s report before taking precipitate action on Mountview.”