Council care plans ‘do not stack up’, warns MP

The Springfield Day Centre in Bideford is among 11 centres for the elderly and disabled facing closu

The Springfield Day Centre in Bideford is among 11 centres for the elderly and disabled facing closure under proposals announced by Devon County Council. - Credit: Archant

Nick Harvey to discuss concerns over care home and day centre closures with Care Minister.

DEVON County Council’s plans for the future of residential and day care centres ‘simply do not stack up,’ North Devon MP Nick Harvey has warned.

The MP has sided with families of elderly and disabled people who say a lifeline would be lost if the centres were to close.

The county council has launched consultations on its proposals for the services – which include 11 day centres and five residential care homes in North Devon.

Mr Harvey said: “DCC is reviewing its elderly care across North Devon with the aim of providing alternative private residential and community based day services – none of which are 100 per cent suitable.

“For example the families of residents at Beech House, South Molton have been told alternatives exist for their loved ones in Tiverton and Torrington.

“Likewise for dementia suffers who use Oakwell Day Centre it has been suggested they could use the local leisure centre and community halls. This is complete nonsense – how could such venues cater for their complex needs?”

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Mr Harvey said he would be discussing his concerns with the county council, as well as Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb.

He said: “I am currently raising my concerns not only with DCC but also the Minister of State for Care Services. The national dementia awareness campaign is not served by putting people out on the street.

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“In the meantime I would urge everyone affected to take part in DCC’s consultation process for day care centres, which closes on March 19, and residential care ends on March 26.

“It’s vital families make their voices heard.”

What do you think about the proposals to close day centres and transfer residential care to the private sector? Email, telephone 01271 345656 or write to the editor at North Devon Gazette, Unit 3, Old Station Road, Barnstaple, EX32 8PB.

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