Amid mounting complaints and concerns about the proposed replacement for Girtrell Court, Conservative Councillors have called for the matter to be addressed by a special Council meeting.
Councillor Chris Blakeley said: “It’s clear from the users of Girtrell Court that their needs and wishes are being ignored. The Council simply cannot be trusted to look after the most vulnerable in Wirral.
“Hardly a day goes by without reports from users and their families about their loved ones being miscategorised and them not being offered the bed based respite they so desperately need.
“Since the decision was made to close Girtrell Court, it is becoming clearer by the day that the promises of an alternative equal to or better than Girtrell Court was just ‘Pie in the Sky’.
“This really is now beyond a couple of ‘errors’ and begs the question is this deliberate manipulation of the figures to make the much smaller unit at Tollemache Road fit, rather than the need being fully catered for?
“It is clear that the Head of Service recent assertion that users are changing their minds is nothing but a smokescreen to try to hide the deceitful way in which the consultation was conducted and this line is now being trotted out as the casualties are coming to light.
“The Council has failed to make the saving of £155,000, even though some of the most vulnerable people in Wirral have found the safety net that was promised to them is full of holes. Perhaps it is not only Children’s Services that should be classed as inadequate?
“The policies and performance of the current administration are unravelling – whether it is looked after children or vulnerable adults. We hope that Labour listen to the concerns of users, families and carers and do the right thing, that is scrap this crazy idea and keep Girtrell Court open.”
Today, I along with my Conservative colleagues in Wirral submitted to the Mayor a requisition to discuss the way this Labour-led Council has treated the users and carers in their haste to reprovide the Girtrell Court services at a much smaller unit in Tollemache Road, being run by Sanctuary Supported Living.
You can read the requisition by clicking HERE
We know have to wait for Wirrals Mayor to agree to this debate and to set a date and time to do so.
Conservative Councillors have written to David Mowat MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Health, seeking intervention in the Council’s decision to close its last remaining home, Girtrell Court in Saughall Massie. You can read that letter HERE
Councillor Bruce Berry said, “As we saw last week, the Council cannot be trusted to look after the most vulnerable in Wirral. Since the decision was made by Wirral’s Labour Cabinet to close Girtrell Court, it is becoming clearer by the day that the promises of a suitable alternative was just ‘Pie in the Sky’.
“Hardly a week goes by without reports from users, their families and staff who are being kept in the dark and treated abysmally. Only today we have heard that bookings that have been made in the future are now being cancelled because the alternative provision in Tollemache Road is simply not big enough.
“The Council has failed to make the saving of £155,000, and some of the most vulnerable people in Wirral have found the safety net that has been promised to them is full of holes.”
Cllr Chris Blakeley added: “The policies and performance of the current administration are unravelling – whether it is looked after children or vulnerable adults. We hope our requests for Government intervention with both services will do what Wirral Council is incapable of doing and give our residents some much needed protection.”
Having recently received many concerns about the transition from Girtrell Court to the alternative provision, the latest concerning staff I have found it necessary to email the Director of Adult Social Care yet again. My latest email to him is reproduced below.
From: “Blakeley, Chris \(Councillor\)” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 25 September 2016 at 12:49:42 BST
Cc: “Surjit Tour” <email@example.com>, <firstname.lastname@example.org>, “Steve Williams” <email@example.com>, “Bruce Berry” <firstname.lastname@example.org>, “Jeff Green” <email@example.com>, “Lesley Rennie” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Girtrell Court
In the last couple of weeks I have raised concerns with you regarding Girtrell Court users, timescales for the transition to the alternative provision, and the contract with Sanctuary.
You have of course responded to all of those concerns, indicating that everything in the garden is rosy, and everybody is relatively happy with progress.
Well today I have been contacted by staff members of Girtrell Court who have raised their concerns with me. Please see message below:
Hi Chris all the staff at Girtrell are wondering if you have any idea what the council’s intentions are regarding the staff. as we have heard that we are being forced to be tupe over to the new provider and will not be able to take EVR. as you can imagine the morale is very low and feel we are left in the dark with rumours flying around.
Given the compilation of concerns in the recent weeks about the transition from Girtrell Court to Tollemache Road I would ask you to personally ‘Get a Grip’ of this situation, as it would appear the officers who are leading on this matter, are perhaps not keeping you fully informed of the situation, which in turn is leading to all the unrest with users and staff.
I look forward to your response.
Councillor Chris Blakeley
Moreton West and Saughall Massie Ward
Wirral Borough Council