Vow to con­tinue fight

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS - ALEX HIB­BERT

CA M PA I G N E R S have vowed to con­tinue the fight to keep respite care at Hollins View.

Fol­low­ing a coun­cil u-turn last month, Cheshire East pledged to keep pro­vid­ing the ser­vice at Hollins View and Crewe’s Lin­coln House un­til De­cem­ber 2015.

That decision came after cam­paign­ers bat­tled to en­sure the sur­vival of respite care at the home, on Clarke Ter­race, Mac­cles­field, when the coun­cil an­nounced pro­pos­als to scrap it.

Cheshire East in­stead planned to pro­vide respite care only in the in­de­pend- ent sec­tor – pri­vately and through vol­un­tary ser­vices.

And now cam­paign­ers have warned that the fight has only just be­gun to se­cure the long term fu­ture of respite ser­vices at the home.

Mor­ven Sower­butts, one of the lead cam­paign­ers, said: “The first phase of our cam­paign – keep­ing Hollin View open and pro­vid­ing respite – was suc­cess­ful. But now the sec­ond be­gins: to make sure the ser­vice re­mains there for the long term rather than just for the next 12 months.

“fter an­nounc­ing it in­tended to stop care at Hollins View, the coun­cil didn’t tell the vul­ner­a­ble and dis­abled adults who used the ser­vice where

Ain­stead they would be able to ac­cess respite ser­vices.

“con­sul­ta­tion on the plans also didn’t con­fer with health and so­cial care groups that prob­a­bly would have ex­pected to be asked to share their views and ad­vice.

“s the new year starts, we are de­ter­mined to

AA­make sure the coun­cil de­liv­ers on its prom­ises. If they are in­tent on stop­ping respite at Hollins View in De­cem­ber, we want to see that they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing prop­erly the pos­si­bil­ity of an ex­ter­nal or­gan­i­sa­tion tak­ing it over.

“We will be happy for ser­vices to stop at Hollins View, but only if we can see the coun­cil has suit­able and good qual­ity al­ter­na­tive pro­vi­sions in place that peo­ple are happy with.”

The cam­paign group will now be writ­ing to health and so­cial care groups to gar­ner their views on the pro­posed clo­sure of respite ser­vices at Hollins View. Mor­ven added: “The coun­cil made a num­ber of state­ments through­out the process which proved to be wrong or ill thought out. Now they have the time to do things right – and more im­por­tantly the right thing for vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple they are there to pro­tect.”

Coun­cil­lor Janet Clowes Cab­i­net mem­ber for care and health in the com­mu­nity said: “The con­sul­ta­tion ex­er­cise was thor­ough and as­sisted the coun­cil to es­tab­lish what type of support peo­ple re­quired and their pref­er­ences as to how and where respite care should be pro­vided.

“It demon­strated that not all in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies wish to ac­cess respite care through Hollins View in Mac­cles­field or Lin­coln House in Crewe and that a num­ber of peo­ple wanted to ex­plore other op­tions open to them in­clud­ing respite in the pri­vate sec­tor, fi­nanced by the coun­cil.

“Both Hollins View and Lin­coln House will con­tinue to func­tion while Cheshire East con­tin­ues to de­velop its al­ter­na­tive respite op­tions. Any Cheshire East res­i­dent with as­sessed need of respite care will re­ceive it.”

●● The Hands Off Hollins View cam­paign group meets at Jack Sevens in Mac­cles­field

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