Advertisement
Advertisement

Fight for the Wight: Another vital service at risk

Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 7:00

THE Isle of Wight's memory therapy service, which helps vulnerable people including those who suffer from dementia, could face severe cutbacks due to budget cuts.
Bosses at County Hall are looking to axe £48,000 from the service, jointly staffed by the Isle of Wight Council and the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, which could cost three-full time council jobs if the savings are agreed.
Currently, the service, which last year helped more than 100 people, runs an eight-week 'cognitive stimulation’ programme followed by a 24- week follow-up maintenance therapy programme.
The 24-week programme include activities that target areas of the brain to help people with memory problems.
A consultation on the proposed cutbacks is taking place with the outcome likely in late summer or early autumn.
Unison branch secretary Mark Chiverton said: "There is a real danger a key service, which is greatly valued by a significant number of vulnerable people and their families and carers, is going to be withdrawn.
"The price of saving £48,000 a year is potentially going to be massively increased by additional social care costs, which is likely to be necessary to support people who no longer receive the quality services they need."
A spokesman for the IW NHS Trust said: "Given the difficult financial circumstances of the local authority, it has been necessary to undertake a review of non-statutory activities, including the input to the memory therapy groups.
"Colleagues in the Clinical Commissioning Group and the IW Council are working together to ensure the assessed needs of people accessing the service can continue to be met in alternative settings and in different ways."

The Isle of Wight County Press is fighting for more government funding for more public services.

Click below to find out more and join the fight
Fight for the Wight


Reporter: [email protected]

 


Advertisement
ISLE OF WIGHT TRAVEL
Travel filler
ISLE OF WIGHT WEATHER

Now7℃

18:00

6℃

21:00

5℃

00:00

5℃

03:00

5℃

ISLE OF WIGHT TRAVEL
Travel filler
ISLE OF WIGHT WEATHER

Now7℃

18:00

6℃

21:00

5℃

00:00

5℃

03:00

5℃

ISLE OF WIGHT TRAVEL
Travel filler