Petition to help save under-threat Leeds care home

Protestors gathered outside Leeds Civic Hall last month.

Protestors gathered outside Leeds Civic Hall last month.

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Hundreds of people have signed a petition to save an under-threat west Leeds care home and day centre for the elderly from closure.

The online petition calling for Leeds City Council to retain Middlecross Care Home and Day Centre, in Armley, comes amid a three-month consultation over the future of the last three remaining council-run specialist care homes in the city.

The local authorities’s proposed closures of Middlecross as well as Siegen Manor in Morley and The Green at Seacroft and their associated day centres would affect 69 residents and as many as 340 care home, day centre and home care jobs.

Around 300 people have already signed the online petition against the proposals.

Katherine Turner, the daughter of a Leeds dementia patient who uses Middlecross for both respite and day centre care, has launched the appeal to save Middlecross as she fears closing its facilities will put lives at risk.

The 39-year-old, from Wortley, said: “I just think that place at the moment is perfect for the people who go there.

“They rely on it and if you start moving people they can just deteriorate, especially the people that are living there.”

Middlecross specialises in the care of people with dementia and can house up to 32 residents in its single rooms.

The council’s proposed cuts are intended to save £12million over the next four years, and are hoped to enable the authority to provide more services that help people to do more while living in their own homes.

The GMB union has criticised the plans, which would see a third raft of care home closure consultations in recent years, stating that the exercises only serve to cause “anguish for staff and residents”.

Dozens of union members, care home residents and carers stepped out in protest of planned cuts of three council-run care homes and hundreds of jobs.

The protested outside Leeds Civic Hall last month where the local authority’s executive board met to discuss care proposals as part of the council’s Better Lives Strategy.

The review comes in a climate of central Government cuts which have left Leeds City Council searching for £48m of savings this year.

A council spokeswoman said no decisions have yet been made regarding the future of Middlecross or any other homes under review, meaning both home and day care services continue to operate as usual.

She said: “We always welcome comments and feedback from anyone involved with the care home to inform any future decisions.”

To sign or view the petition to keep Middlecross open visit epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/72060

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