West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has responded to the announcement by the Joint Clinical Commissioning Groups’ Specialist Dementia Committee on its recommendation for a single site in Blackpool to provide in-patient dementia care for the whole of Lancashire.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper, commenting on the recommendation for the future provision for dementia care for Lancashire said:
“I am absolutely and totally opposed to the recommendation for dementia in-patient care to be located in Blackpool. It never fails to amaze me how health bureaucrats never put the patients’ needs first but rather what is the easiest option for them.
“The Blackpool site option was opposed during the original consultation at the beginning of the year. Despite this it was still the recommended site. Now after a second review and continuing opposition it still remains the recommended preferred site. For me sending West Lancashire residents to Blackpool for dementia care is simply not an option and will never be accepted.
“West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is responsible for deciding on these services. I am calling on them to reject this recommendation. I am calling on them to stand up and put West Lancashire dementia patients and their families first.
“There are other providers, such as Merseycare who are significantly closer, that offer these services. Local residents wouldn’t be forced to travel 50 miles to get to the unit. Imagine trying to visit a loved one in Blackpool using public transport. This decision is just farcical and not one I support in any way, shape or form.
“I always understood that West Lancashire doctors had decided to go it alone as a CCG in order to protect local health services and patient interests. This is an occasion when they need to stand-up and be counted. My message is clear, the CCG should say NO to the Blackpool site.”
A final decision will now be made by local Clinical Commissioning Groups with West Lancashire CCG due to meet on the 24 September 2013.