North Devon MP Criticised Devon County Council over care cuts
North Devon MP Nick Harvey has criticised the announcement by Devon County Council that nearly all county-run residential care homes, and half of day centres, will be closed.
Following a recent consultation, Devon County Council has announced that it will cease to run residential care at Lydiate Lodge, Lynton, Burrow House, Ilfracombe, Beech house, South Molton, and Oakwell, Barnstaple. Day care facilities across North Devon will also be reduced, with just a few Barnstaple day care services to remain as a new ‘integrated service’ at a site ‘to be determined.’
Commenting, Nick said: “This is a tragedy. That the current Conservative administration in County Hall has made the decision to axe so many care facilities like this will come as a huge blow to many families locally.
“I have visited numerous homes in recent months and witnessed for myself how irreplaceable the staff and facilities have become.
“North Devon is particularly reliant on County-run centres like these, especially in rural areas, and when given the opportunity local people have loyally rushed to the defence of these vital services with letters and petitions.
“Whilst some local day-care centres have been given a reprieve, this will be of little reassurance to most users. Care services are all interconnected, and the loss of respite day-care and county-run services may put an intolerable demand on private care.’
“I would like to thank all those, including many of my Lib Dem colleagues on local councils, who stood up in support of our vulnerable people throughout the consultation.”
(from a press release)