Petition to Cheshire East Council, East Cheshire NHS Trust and Eastern Cheshire CCG - Please reopen - and keep open - our public intermediate care; dementia care, day, respite and assessment care; and ancillary facilities.
Cheshire Area for Cheshire Action says:
This petition will run until 23 April 2015 - St George's Day. Further paper copies have been taken by more than 120 venues across Easter Cheshire, including libraries, GP surgeries, Pharmacies, newsagents, grocers and groups.
Under Caring Together principles and to adequately serve the needs of the public of Eastern Cheshire - and further afield - Cheshire Area for Cheshire Action calls on the above public bodies to reopen Knutsford's Intermediate Care Tatton Ward and Bexton Court Dementia day, respite and assessment centre, and other centres across Eastern Cheshire, to aid the public of all ages - and family carers - by local provision of the much vaunted 'local services'.
As an example: There is a local public awareness that Cheshire East Council is trying to close Lincoln House learning disabled and elderly centre in Crewe; it has already closed respite at Mountview, in Congleton and plans to close its day care; it plans to close day,respite and NHS intermediate care at Hollins View. Local people have raised a petition to keep that facility open. East Cheshire NHS (Hospital) Trust is beleived to be ending its Intermediate care bed contract, very shortly. (Can someone confirm the date of that please?) For all ages, our public care facilities have been closing. as the council removes support from the vulnerable.
This constant chipping away at all certainties of care, for those in need and their family carers, must stop.
There is a legal 'duty of care' on these public bodies to ensure that the needs of young and old and ill and their family carers, are met. That 'duty' cannot be met by commercialisation of essential services, since commercial organisations have a profit motive rather than a public service motive - as we have just observed at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, where Circle Partnership, having been criticised by many, including CQC - http://www.cqc.org.uk/location/RQQ31 - has pulled out of its contract, leaving ill-served and distressed patients and their care, to be picked up again by the NHS. We need adequate local care in our local areas, to serve our local needs.
Commercial care homes have no duty to the public to provide either day care or respite care - at any price. So without our public care services, when are family carers to gain respite?
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