‘Save my home’ petition backed by 12,000 people

Protest at NHS Sheffield against the closure of two care homes
Protest at NHS Sheffield against the closure of two care homes

A PETITION to try to halt the proposed closure of two specialist nursing homes in Sheffield has attracted 12,000 names.

It was handed to councillors yesterday (Wednesday) – the day after protesters, including elderly dementia sufferers, lobbied the board of NHS Sheffield, which will make the final decision in June.

Five residents from Woodland View in Norton and Birch Avenue in Chapeltown joined relatives at the ‘Save My Home’ demonstration at the organisation’s headquarters in Darnall.

The NHS primary care trust has proposed withdrawing £2.8m in ‘top-up’ funding for the homes, saying there is no evidence to suggest they provide sufficient added value. Without the extra money, the homes will almost certainly be forced to close, and relatives are worried that residents will not be adequately catered for in the private sector.