Closure of Chiswick Day Centre
I have been fighting to prevent the closure of Chiswick Day Centre against Hounslow Council’s short sighted cuts. I am concerned that the closure of the Day Centre by Hounslow Council was not been properly considered and that the loss of this important part of the community will have a serious and detrimental impact on residents in my constituency.
I feel very strongly that it was important to keep a day centre in Chiswick, especially with an ageing population. The Day Centre is likely in the long term to save money on healthcare as without this support, elderly people could deteriorate more quickly. I believe that more elderly people would definitely attend the Day Centre if they knew that they could make use of it.
Many of my constituents contacted me to share their grave concerns over the threatened closure of Chiswick Day Care Centre, while a number of local GPs indicated that they were concerned that some vulnerable patients may not be catered for under the proposed new arrangements. The Centre is a vital local resource – not only for those who use it themselves, but for their families and carers, for whom the care offered at the Day Centre provides some much needed respite from caring for loved ones.
I recently asked to meet with Hounslow Council to discuss what preparations have been made for those affected by the closure of Chiswick Day Centre. I would also like to ask them about their plans for the building as I am interested to discuss with them the possibility of bringing in an alternative community care provider. I still believe that there are a number of ways that we can support those who use the centre and I will continue to fight for them to get the care they need. The centre could continue to be a great resource for the local community if the Council agreed to work with others to help those in need.