No final decision yet on £2.8m ‘top-up’

Woodland View nursing home, in Norton, is under threat of closure.
Woodland View nursing home, in Norton, is under threat of closure.
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NHS Sheffield said the £2.8m it currently provides in ‘top-up’ funding for Woodland View and Birch Avenue is needed because the homes are twice as expensive to run as other care homes providing similar care for people with similar health needs.

The primary care trust has agreed in principle to withdraw the funding, but has stressed that no final decision will be taken until the end of the consultation. This currently ends on May 22, although campaigners have requested a three-month extension - a decision on which is expected next week.

Simon Kirk, director of strategy at NHS Sheffield, said: “We are currently in the four-month consultation period, which includes individual discussions with families and staff, meetings at the two care homes and a chance for everyone to have their say.

“The consultation asks for views on the arguments for and against the withdrawal of the extra funding NHS Sheffield provides and if funding were to be withdrawn, on the steps that should be taken to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of the residents."

Visit www.sheffield.nhs.uk/consultations/carehomes or contact Sylvia Scanlan on 0114 3051185 or sylvia.scanlan@sheffieldpct.nhs.uk to take part in the consultation.ate is May 22.