My hopes that de­men­tia care trans­fer is not just a a cost-cut­ting ex­er­cise

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF -

SO here I am sip­ping my morn­ing cof­fee, read­ing the Ex­press and catch­ing up with the lo­cal news.

Ap­par­ently, ser­vices in a care home in Mac­cles­field could be af­fected as the coun­cil looks to trans­fer its de­men­tia care to the pri­vate sec­tor.

Hollins View on Clarke Ter­race Mac­cles­field cur­rently of­fers 40 respite and in­ter­me­di­ate beds for de­men­tia suf­fer­ers and vul­ner­a­ble adults.

Cur­rently run by Cheshire East coun­cil it gives car­ers a break by ac­cept­ing de­men­tia pa­tients for respite care as well as look­ing af­ter pa­tients for short pe­ri­ods af­ter dis­charge from hos­pi­tal.

Un­der the coun­cil’s pro­pos­als to pri­va­tise health care those ser­vices pro­vided by Hollins View may be af­fected.

Coun Janet Clowes CEC’s cabi­net mem­ber in charge of health and care in the com­mu­nity said: “This coun­cil be­lieves in putting res­i­dents first.”

Yep, I get that so what’s the plan?

“As part of that con­tin­ual re­view, the pro­posal is that de­men­tia respite should be pro­vided in the in­de­pen­dent sec­tor.”

Mmm...so in an ef­fort to look af­ter some of the most vul­ner­a­ble res­i­dents CEC pro­pose to trans­fer re­spon­si­bil­ity for their care to the pri­vate sec­tor.

I’m pon­der­ing the logic of that when I turn the page and read of a lo­cal care home that has been ‘slammed by in­spec­tors for fail­ing to pro­tect the elderly.’

In fact it failed to meet six of the seven es­sen­tial stan­dards of qual­ity and safety set out by the Care and Qual­ity Com­mis­sion.

So I can’t help won­der­ing why Cheshire East think the needs of the most vul­ner­a­ble in so­ci­ety will be bet­ter served by trans­fer­ring re­spon­si­bil­ity for their care to a pri­vate com­pany?

I sus­pect it’s a cost- cut­ting ex­er­cise dressed up as an act of com­pas­sion but hey... that’s just me.

If this pro­posal af­fects you or your fam­ily per­haps you would give me your opinion.

‘I sus­pect it’s a cost­cut­ting ex­er­cise’

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