Hollins View clo­sure makes no sense

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF -

●● MAC­CLES­FIELD Civic So­ci­ety’s AGM will be held to­day (Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 22).

Mike Suarez, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Cheshire East Coun­cil, will be talk­ing to guests dur­ing the meet­ing, which starts at 7.30pm and will take place in the Whit­taker Room at the Old Sun­day School Her­itage Cen­tre on Roe Street, Mac­cles­field.

Mr Suarez will be ad­dress­ing at­ten­dees after be­com­ing a res­i­dent of the town him­self, and dur­ing the talk will be cov­er­ing a range of top­ics about what is hap­pen­ing in Mac­cles­field and Cheshire East, and plans for its fu­ture.

Mr Suarez was ap­pointed as CEO in May 2013 after leav­ing his post as fi­nance di­rec­tor of Lam­beth Coun­cil.

Tick­ets cost £4 and can be bought on the door.

Dur­ing the meet­ing re­fresh­ments will be served. Ev­ery­one is wel­come. AC­CORD­ING to a re­cent state­ment by the chief in­spec­tor of adult so­cial care ‘too much aw­ful care is hap­pen­ing in care homes in Eng­land.’.

The in­spec­tor’s own or­gan­i­sa­tion, the Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion, has faced se­vere crit­i­cism after a se­ries of abuse scan­dals in care homes.

At a time when the care of vul­ner­a­ble in­di­vid­u­als is de­scribed as ‘aw­ful’ by the watch­dog that mon­i­tors the qual­ity of that care Cheshire east wants to trans­fer Hollins View into that sys­tem.

It de­fies any ex­pla­na­tion other than a bla­tant cost-cut­ting ex­er­cise on be­half of the coun­cil.

Leader Michael Jones claimed that there had been ‘fail­ings on Hollins View drugs dis­tri­bu­tion’ in the past at a meet­ing of the coun­cil cab­i­net in Septem­ber. If that’s the cri­te­ria for per­ma­nent clo­sure there would be hardly any hos­pi­tals or homes in Eng­land.

Coun­cil claims that mov­ing into the in­de­pen­dent sec­tor is for the greater ben­e­fit of those in need is an in­sult.

Do CEC think res­i­dents are suf­fi­ciently gullible that trans­fer­ring a well-re­spected coun­cil respite home into a sys­tem it’s own qual­ity com­mis­sion de­scribes as ‘aw­ful’ is for the ben­e­fit of pa­tients?

I sug­gest CEC cred­its its elec­torate with a mod­icum of in­tel­li­gence.

Em­ploy­ees are ex­pen­sive and wher­ever CEC can use ex­ter­nal con­trac­tors it will.

It may work per­fectly well for street clean­ing or pest con­trol but it’s to­tally in­ap­pro­pri­ate for the care of vul­ner­a­ble res­i­dents.

Once that trans­fer takes place res­i­dents will lose any form of con­trol.

If the fa­cil­ity moves to Crewe the pub­lic will have no say.

Ex­ter­nal con­trac­tors are not ac­count­able like Cheshire East and your lo­cal coun­cil­lor will have no more in­flu­ence than you.

●● Hollins View

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