A Ilkeston care home will close its doors after the ‘unwelcome decision’ was made by Derbyshire County Council.
Residents are set to face upheaval and jobs are at risk at Hillcrest Care Home on Kennilworth Drive in Kirk Hallam, which is one of four homes and a respite care unit to close as part of the authority’s adult care provision revamp.
Local campaigners stormed the meeting held at county Hall in Matlock on Tuesday, demanding to know what alternative provisions were in place and why such a lengthy consultation period took place if closure was imminent. But council bosses were quick to reassure the public that the decision was not one which was taken lightly, and all avenues had been explored prior to the recommendation to close.
Council leader Anne Western, said: “These are difficult times financially, we are still facing unprecedented cuts and things would have to change considerably for us to not continue making cuts. We are stuck between a rock and hard place. Any additional funding which may, or may not be announced by George Osbourne, will be a drop in the ocean compared to what we need – but that hasn’t made the decision any easier.”
Erewash MP Maggie Throup has hit out at the news. Speaking about recent funding decision by the county council, Maggie said: “It is clear from reading the responses to the public consultation that local resident and heath care professionals greatly value the specialist dementia care that Hillcrest provides, and so I was extremely surprised to learn that the county council is to push ahead with its closure.
“This is just the latest attack by the county council on elderly people in Erewash, and I for one will not stand for it.
“In light of announcement by the chancellor in the Autumn Statement that councils are to be allowed to raise addition funds through the council tax to pay for social care, I will again be writing to the Cabinet Member responsible for Adult Social Care to ask him to pause this closure in order to reconsider the decision.”
Doctors from the Littlewick Medical Centre have called it a ‘disastrous move’. I
In a letter to the ‘Tiser, Dr Patrick Halls and Dr Gail Watson, said they believed Hillcrest was one of the best homes in the area.