Hollins View is off the agenda
AVOTE on whether to stop respite care at Hollins View has been dropped from this week’s council agenda – buying more time for campaigners.
The recommendation to stop respite care at the care home was due to be approved by Cheshire East’s full council tomorrow (Thursday).
It follows the recommendation by Cabinet on June 30 to close the centre from December 31 along with Lincoln House in Crewe.
Under the plans respite care for sufferers of dementia and long termillness would instead be provided by the independent sector, including private care homes.
But the issue is no longer listed on the agenda for tomorrow’s council meeting.
It comes after Labour councillors ‘called in’ the Cabinet decision, meaning they challenge the decision and want the Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee scrutiny committee to examine it again.
Campaigners say they have serious concerns over how care would be provided if the care home closes.
Coun Labour Janet Jackson, councillor for Macclesfield Central, said: “We hope it means the decision is going back to the relevant scrutiny committee. The closure of the homes would mean there would be no respite beds for people for short term care, to help give carers a break. Cheshire East believes the private sector can provide the care but it can’t, the beds just aren’t there.”
Hollins View provides respite care for frail and vulnerable patients with dementia and long-term illnesses to give them valuable time away and their families and carers a break.
Campaign group Hands off Hollins View met again this week and has written to all Cheshire East councillors to ask for their support. They have asked for answers on the number of respite beds that would be available in Macclesfield, the cost of the care and how much people will have to pay to top-up the fees, as well as details of the quality of care and training.
Morven Sowerbutts, from the group, said: “Hollins View is not on the agenda for the full council meeting but we will still attend to raise issues around the principles of the decision and the way it has been made. Hollins View is a vital community service which needs protecting and we will continue our fight.”
Cheshire East Council would not confirm why the item is no longer on the agenda.
A spokesman said: “Cheshire East Council can confirm that a request has been received to callin the resolution passed at the previous cabinet meeting in respect of Hollins View and future respite care provision in the Borough.
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