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  MP to chair meeting on closure of
Cygnet House
 

  Richard Bacon MP and local councillor Martin Wilby take the campaign out on the road
Richard Bacon MP (left) outside Cygnet
House with Councillor Martin Wilby

SOUTH NORFOLK MP Richard Bacon is to chair a meeting on the proposed closure of Cygnet House at 2pm on Friday 17 March 2006 at South Norfolk District Council offices. Anyone with an interest is welcome to attend.

Residential and respite facilities for the elderly suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's at Cygnet House, as well as facilities at Ellacombe in Norwich,

 
 

Rebecca House in North Walsham and two wards at the Hellesdon Hospital are once again earmarked for closure. They will be replaced with a 28-bed unit in Norwich.

The move comes despite a consultation carried out by the Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Trust last year when the overwhelming consensus from relatives was against the closure of Cygnet House and the other specialist mental health units.

Representatives from the Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Trust will be invited to take part in the meeting.

Mr Bacon said: “I very much hope that the Trust will come to the meeting so they can put their case to concerned relatives. Elderly patients currently benefiting from residential accommodation or respite care at Cygnet House are, more than likely, not suitable for full-time care in the community. Their relatives need to know why their views were ignored and that their loved ones will continue to be taken care of as before”.

 

25 January 2006