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Labour Councillors Battle To Save Cheshire Care Home From Tory Closure

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Cheshire East Labour Group Press Release:

At the Cheshire East Council meeting on 14 May 2014, in response to a question about Mountview, Cllr Janet Clowes said that “We have been required by Care Quality Commission (CQC) to close to admissions”.

However, Labour sources who contacted the CQC were told that Mountview had received a good report at its last inspection.

Mountview is a 35 bedroom care home providing respite, re-ablement and day services for older people, including up to 10 spaces for people with dementia.

In 2013 a public consultation was held on the future of Mountview. Over 1,000 responses were received, overwhelmingly supporting keeping Mountview open.

As a result of a widespread public campaign, Mountview was ostensibly granted a reprieve. However, some anxiety was expressed about the integrity of the consultation.

A number of respondents were concerned that a decision to close Mountview had been taken and that it was a done deal.

There was also the perception that, because staff at Mountview had been served with 90 day notices, Mountview was earmarked for closure prior to the consultation period. Those concerns appear to be being proved correct.

Cllr Laura Jeuda, Labour Councillor for Macclesfield South, said:

“At the Cheshire East Council meeting in May we were assured that the Council would take its lead from the coroner and the CQC.

“Labour will be pressing for confirmation that work is being undertaken to rectify any failings identified at the recent coroner’s hearing and that Mountview will be re-opened to admissions as soon as possible.”

Sam Corcoran, Labour Councillor for Sandbach Heath & East, said:

“Mountview was saved from closure last year by a vigorous local campaign in support of the facilities provided there. Regrettably, the Conservatives on Cheshire East Council seem determined to close Mountview.

“Mountview is a valuable local resource which supports those suffering from dementia and their carers.”

 

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