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