Hollins View clo­sure de­ci­sion is ‘slash and burn’ ap­proach to care

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CAM­PAIGN­ERS have vowed to keep fight­ing the coun­cil’s con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sion to close Hollins View care home.

It fol­lows last week’s pro­posal by Cheshire East Coun­cil’s cab­i­net to close the ser­vice on De­cem­ber 31.

Respite care for de­men­tia and long term-ill­ness will in­stead be pro­vided by the in­de­pen­dent sec­tor, in­clud­ing pri­vate care homes.

Jeff Gaz­zard, whose wife Chris­tine suf­fers from Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis and uses the respite ser­vice at Hollins View, hit out at the de­ci­sion and vowed to have it over­turned.

He is writ­ing to all MPs in Cheshire East, in­clud­ing David Rut­ley and Ge­orge Os­borne, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of East Cheshire NHS Trust and ev­ery GP surgery in the area in a bid to put pres­sure on the coun­cil to re­con­sider ahead of the full coun­cil meet­ing on July 23, where the de­ci­sion is set to be rub­ber stamped.

Mr Gaz­zard said clos­ing Hollins View il­lus­trated a ‘slash and burn ap­proach to coun­cil pro­vi­sion’.

He said: “Why any­one would close a fa­cil­ity which is a first and last re­sort to car­ers is be­yond me.

“It is an ex­tremely well run, safe, re­li­able and com­pe­tent ser­vice.

“This is a po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion with no tech­ni­cal merit.

“The re­port doesn’t give us any sub­stan­tial facts and fig­ures.

“You can­not make a ra­tio­nal de­ci­sion in this way.

“They spam us with a plan to du­pli­cate pro­vi­sion in the pri­vate sec­tor but there are no beds avail­able.

“There is a huge re­luc­tance to ac­knowl­edge this.

“The mo­ment they close the place they will re­alise their mis­take.

“Our cam­paign is now to over­turn this rul­ing.”

Cam­paign­ers had hoped they had saved the home from clo­sure last De­cem­ber af­ter coun­cil bosses per­formed a U-turn on their pre­vi­ous plans to move respite ser­vice out of Hollins View fol­low­ing a Mac­cles­field Ex­press cam­paign.

The coun­cil claims it can se­cure care in the in­de­pen­dent sec­tor at half the cur­rent cost and more than suf­fi­cient ca­pac­ity is avail­able within the pri­vate sec­tor.

Coun­cil­lor Michael Jones, Cheshire East Coun­cil leader, said it was the right de­ci­sion.

He said: “We will guar­an­tee lo­cal first care for peo­ple ac­cess­ing respite care.

“Some cam­paign­ers ap­pear ob­sessed with bricks and mor­tar – but I care about the peo­ple and pro­vid­ing the right sup­port and care in the right place and at the right time.”

●● The Mac­cles­field Ex­press has long cam­paigned for respite ser­vices at Hollins View care home – again un­der threat – to be re­tained

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