PETITION - Save Ladycross

UPDATE

Erewash MP Maggie Throup has written to the Leader of Derbyshire County Council, Cllr. Barry Lewis, to request that the Authority immediately suspends its public consultation into the closure of care homes across Derbyshire for the duration of the Coronavirus pandemic.

In her letter, Maggie, who has publicly opposed the closure of Ladycross House Local Authority Care Home in Sandiacre, said that to continue with the consultation during the nationwide lockdown would put “the democratic process in jeopardy”.

In addition, she also argued that the step-down beds that have been commissioned at Ladycross by Derby & Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group would become even more crucial in the weeks and months ahead.

Commenting on her letter, Maggie said:

“Life at the moment does not and should not feel normal. The Country is facing its greatest challenge since the war, and I know that Derbyshire County Council is working around the clock to help residents and businesses to deal with the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“It is therefore only common sense to suspend the public consultation into the closure of local authority care homes across Derbyshire, including Ladycross, until after this crisis has passed.

“This will allow the County Council to prioritise its resources to where they are most needed and ensure that step-down beds like those at Ladycross are available to relieve pressure on our NHS, whilst also upholding the people’s democratic right to properly scrutinise their elected representatives about such an important decision. 

“I will continue to oppose these closures, including presenting my petition to Parliament, but this process should be conducted transparently and not behind closed doors.”

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Following the news that Derbyshire County Council plans to close Ladycross in Sandiacre, I have launched my petition to save our care home, which I will subsequently be presenting to Parliament.

In my view, the failure by successive Administrations at County Hall to properly invest in Local Authority care, especially in south Derbyshire, has led to a situation whereby we now have a number homes that are no longer fit for purpose.

Over the past five years, Erewash has borne the brunt of these short-sighted decisions, which have significant consequences for both residents and staff, in addition to our local NHS provision.

This sustained attack on our care homes in Erewash has to stop and I therefore put Derbyshire County Council on notice that I will fight them every step of the way, as I have previously done with both Hillcrest and Hazelwood, to stop this closure.

Instead Derbyshire County Council needs to go back to the drawing board and come up with a long-term plan for the care of elderly residents, not only in Erewash, but across the County.

Sign my petition TODAY and help save Ladycross!

Save Ladycross Local Authority Care Home

The Petition of the residents of Erewash,

Declares that Ladycross House Local Authority Care Home, which serves the community of Sandiacre and surrounding area, provides an excellent, caring home for residents; and notes that a decision to close this care home will have significant negative consequences for residents, their families and staff, in addition to local NHS provision.

The Petitioners therefore request the House of Commons to urge Derbyshire County Council to keep Ladycross House Local Authority Care Home open and, at the same time, design and implement a long-term plan for the care of elderly residents, not only in Erewash, but across the county of Derbyshire.

And the petitioners remain, etc.