– Sue Highton, UNISON Branch Secretary, Sheffield Community Health
There simply is not the same provision or quality of service to replace the current centres and the council should oppose these cuts imposed on them by the Coalition Government who should be ashamed of themselves for doing this
Members of the union Unison will stage a protest in Sheffield today as councillors today meet to discuss plans to close three dementia centres in the city. Campaigners against the proposals say the Government should 'be ashamed' of forcing cuts upon the most vulnerable people.
- The Council meeting will be held at 2pm in the Town Hall
Primary Care Trusts in East Riding of Yorkshire and Richmond have failed to meet the Government's targets for providing services for memory-related conditions. A national strategy set up in April 2011 said all PCTs in England must set up memory assessment services. 7% of trusts have so far failed.
A study out today reveals Barnsley primary care trust spends more on services for people with Dementia than anywhere else in the country. It spends £802 per person with the lowest spenders, Nottinghamshire, just £38.
Some trusts, inlcuding the East Riding of Yorkshire and Richmond in North Yorkshire have been criticised for not providing the necessary services.