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Date published: 1st March 2017

North Norfolk District Council has voiced its opposition to plans to cut healthcare beds in the community outlined by North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (NNCCG).

The Council has called on the North Norfolk Commissioning Group to explain why they were looking to cut beds, and pledged to give their support to the communities fighting the plans.

NNCCG has served notice to Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust on the beds it commissions at Benjamin Court in Roughton Road, Cromer and Cranmer House in Norwich Road, Fakenham.

Council Leader Cllr Tom FitzPatrick said: “We fully support ensuring a viable future for Benjamin Court and appreciate the wonderful care provided. With this in mind we wish to see full public consultation by the NNCCG before withdrawing any funding, together with imaginative alternative services being considered in order to ensure the future viability of these excellent facilities which are prized by residents in North Norfolk.”

Cllr Maggie Prior, Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing said: “NNCCG is contemplating and discussing the very serious problem of insufficient beds and the care of our elderly residents. Naturally, there is a huge amount of concern about this worsening situation.

“At the Full Council meeting all councillors were fiercely opposed to any bed losses. These views will be presented to the NNCCG as we continue to liaise and do everything we can to bring about the best possible solution. We fully support Benjamin Court and Cranmer House and the wonderful care they provide.”

Cllr John Lee, Chairman of the Council and Ward Member for Suffield Park which includes Benjamin Court said: "I'm disappointed at the lack of consultation, to lose such a valuable asset would be a massive blow to our local community, my own father recovered from a massive stroke and lived a longer life because of the fantastic care and attention he received at Benjamin Court."

Cromer Cllr Nigel Pearce, (Suffield Park, Ward) said: “The devotion to duty by the staff at Cranmer House and Benjamin Court is excellent, and this is a vital social care service. I’m very concerned that this will cost jobs and the health of our community.”

Last updated: 16th August 2017