Criticism of Somerset County council’s decision to end dementia day and respite care at Stratfield House is mounting. Friends of Wellington Hospital say that to date they have not been given any clear explanation as to why the centre cannot continue to operate. They are urging people to attend a meeting being organized by Ms. Heather Brumby – Commissioning – Somerset County Council Adult Social Care and press for more consultation and a reversal of the closure decision.
“This will present an opportunity to challenge SCC on the structure they have in place to continue the sort of service currently provided by Strafield House. At present their efforts to explain what will be available to the Wellington Community have not been clear or robust enough to convince us that even very basic care arrangements are in place to cover after the closure,” said John Bailey, Treasurer of the Wellington Hospital League of Friends.
At a recent meeting of Wellington Town Council, Tim Baverstock, , in charge of commissioning adult care for SCC, told councillors that the closure decision was based on high costs and under-use of Stratfield House and that other, non-NHS, care providers were available locally fill the gap.
“The League would urge anyone likely to be affected by this withdrawal of such an important service, especially to the most vulnerable people in our community, to attend the meeting and make sure that the SCC clearly understand the impact of the loss will be,” said Mr Bailey
League also urges everybody who is able to attend this future meeting with the authorities responsible for the closure and in the meantime to lobby their councillors and MP “to attempt to reverse these desperately bad decisions which will have a totally negative effect on life in Wellington”.