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Date published: 2nd March 2017
North Norfolk District Council, which voiced its opposition at a meeting last week to further plans by North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (NNCCG) to cut healthcare beds at Cranmer House, has welcomed news of a bid by West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group to take on the threatened healthcare beds at Cranmer House, in addition to the beds it already funds, which may help to ensure the future of the unit.
Cllr Annie Claussen-Reynolds, Fakenham District Councillor, said: “We welcome this initiative from West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group. At present half the beds at Cranmer House are already funded by West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group and its new proposal would look at funding all the care home’s healthcare beds.
“Cranmer House has huge potential for other activities linked to supported care and it would be a crying shame to lose this facility for the town and the wider area.”
Council Leader Cllr Tom FitzPatrick said: “We fully support finding ways of ensuring a viable future for Cranmer House as the wonderful care provided is hugely important to all the people in the town and the surrounding area. We wish to see full public consultation by the NNCCG before they again consider withdrawing any funding, and in particular ask they work with the West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group to help ensure the future viability of these excellent facilities. When the funding for these beds was under threat last year, the combination of local district councillors, county councillor, Friends of Cranmer House and strong support from our local MP, Keith Simpson, saw those plans withdrawn. We will continue to work together to ensure the long term future of this excellent unit.”
Cllr Maggie Prior, Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing said: “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.”
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.
Ward members for Lancaster South, the ward in which Cranmer House is situated, are:
Cllr Jeremy Punchard, https://www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/members/jeremy-punchard/
Cllr John Rest, https://www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/members/john-rest/
Last updated: 16th August 2017