Councillor Harwood Is A Bleedin’ Genius!
A senior councillor has admitted that more elderly people could become depressed if their day centres close – but says every effort will be made to find alternatives so this does not happen.
Norfolk County Council wants to change its in-house day centres to concentrate on providing day services for people with dementia and re-ablement needs. It is proposing to close two of its buildings which it says are not suitable to provide this service – the Essex Rooms and Silver Rooms.
Mr Harwood was asked whether he had considered the fact that the rate of depression amongst elderly people could go up if the centres were closed.
He said: “I accept that could be the case, but depression is a medical condition and something which is sorted out through GPs etcetera, and could be controlled that way. I don’t know all the medical details but we understand that is a problem and something that happens.”
However, he insisted that the council was looking at “all the options”, and added: “We have said we are not stopping the services being delivered for them, but that they might be moved to another building which wouldn’t be too far away.” source
We at Norfolk Community Action Group are not only convinced that the councillor is a modern day Nostradamus, but that the current ongoing ‘consultation’ in place regarding the closure of day centres is a sham and ‘democratic lip-service’.
All cuts in public services of this kind should be robustly fought against!