Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - ALEX HIB­BERT

THE future of de­men­tia care hangs in the bal­ance as the coun­cil an­nounces a six-week con­sul­ta­tion about im­pend­ing changes to the ser­vice.

The coun­cil’s health­care scru­tiny com­mit­tee has backed a cabi­net de­ci­sion to pri­va­tise respite care for de­men­tia suf­fer­ers and vul­ner­a­ble adults.

Its De­men­tia Com­mis­sion­ing Plan – which looks at how de­men­tia sup­port is pro­vided – could also see day and home­care ser­vices moved into the pri­vate sec­tor.

But since re­veal­ing the plans – which could re­sult in the clo­sure of Hollins View, the town’s only coun­cil-run care home which caters for de­men­tia suf­fer­ers – it is claimed the coun­cil has failed to pro­vide users with an­swers to some key ques­tions.

Car­ers fear they will face longer jour­neys – but the coun­cil has con­firmed ser­vice costs will not in­crease.

The coun­cil also said a for­mal con­su­la­tion over the plans is due to start next Mon­day.

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