Letter sent to Wigan Observer 3/7/13 - The Pines

Published on by mikemouldingcommunity-action

Dear Editor,
I feel I must respond to the articles in the Wigan Observer dated 2nd July 2013 regarding the closure of The Pines, Kitt Green. I feel angry that Councillor Cunliffe has attempted to muddy the waters when your correspondent allowed Wigan Council to explain the care home changes.
Putting it simply, there is NO comparison between The Pines care home providing 24 hour care to severely disabled people and a supported housing project at Upper Dicconson Street, where periodical housing-related support and limited care will be provided.
I fully agree with your editorial in the same paper when you say "Individual care is still the priority."
Wigan's Community Action Party is opposed to the closure of The Pines. Our reasons are very simple as your editorial implies.
On this, we fully trust the judgement of the families of the residents who believe in the much-valued care their loved ones are receiving at The Pines and want to stay put rather than a local authority who are on a mission to persuade the public that they think they know best over these families ?
The Community Action Party government petition to oppose the closure of The Pines is approaching 5,000 signatures of support. You can sign online at - http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/51014 (The Pines - Wigan).
Yours Sincerely
Michael Moulding, Deputy Leader, Community Action Party

Comment on this post

Graham Carter 07/03/2013 22:56

As a former local government social worker, I can appreciate both sides of the argument in terms of the potential closure of a valued facility. It does seem, however, that "value for money" equates
with cutting costs and that the proposed "solution" is the most "cost effective" one. What such outcomes ignore are the "costs" to the carers, whether family or not and many families struggle when
residential facilities close.

mikemouldingcommunity-action 07/08/2013 20:26

Totally agree Graham. Also, the amount of funds being made available for care means many will no longer get the 24 hour care they need, putting additional burden on families, many elderly. Thanks
for your thoughts. Mike