Future of Sheffield care centres to be scrutinised by councillors

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PLANS to close two care centres for elderly people in Sheffield are to be scrutinised by councillors on Monday, thanks to the opposition of more than 6,300 city residents.

Sevenfields resource centre in Wisewood and Hazelhurst resource centre in Jordanthorpe are both earmarked to be shut.

The two centres - which provide 31 beds for rehabilitation of elderly people after they leave hospital and 11 beds for longer-term care - were due to be approved for closure at a cabinet meeting earlier this month.

But the matter was referred for discussion to the council’s healthier communities and adult social care scrutiny committee, in light of overwhelming opposition to the plans.

Council and NHS officers want to close the centres and outsource the service to private sector providers.

A new report by Tim Furness, NHS Sheffield’s associate director of business planning and partnerships, said the beds lost through the closures would be provided elsewhere.

He said: “NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group is clear there is a need to re-provide the 31 intermediate care beds in order to maintain the number of intermediate care health beds required in Sheffield.’’

He added: “Firm plans for commissioning replacement beds have not been confirmed, pending the decision on the future of the resource centres.”