Final decision due on care centres

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SENIOR councillors are set to make a final decision next week about the closure of two Sheffield care centres of elderly people.

Sheffield Council’s cabinet has been advised to approve the closure of Hazelhurst resource centre in Jordanthorpe and Sevenfields resource centre in Wisewood.

More than 7,000 people signed a petition against the proposal to close the homes, which employ 62 staff.

But a council scrutiny board last month backed NHS and council officers’ preferred course of action - to ‘decommission’ the centres.

The final decision will be made by cabinet members on Wednesday. The two centres provide 31 beds for rehabilitation of elderly people after they leave hospital and 11 beds for longer-term care.

Offices say the centres are no longer ‘fit for purpose’ and instead want to provide the care in private facilities which can provide 24-hour nursed care.