MP gives support to Fakenham care home campaign

Cranmer House, in Fakenham, where beds are under review. Picture: Chris Bishop

Cranmer House, in Fakenham, where beds are under review. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

Broadland MP Keith Simpson has offered his support to campaigners fighting to save a much-loved Fakenham care home.

Mr Simpson (pictured below) visited Cranmer House, on Norwich Road, this week. He said: 'Over the years I have seen the worst of care homes which are boiling hot and where, by 11am, everyone is sat around a television set, on at full blast. Cranmer House is nothing like that – it has some excellent facilities and is a much-loved institution for people in Fakenham and the wider area.'

North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group wants to replace six respite care beds with a mobile team looking after patients in their own homes. But campaigners fear this will lead to the closure of the home, where beds commissioned by Norfolk County Council are also under review.

Earlier this month, North Norfolk District Council's scrutiny committee voted unanimously to support a motion calling for existing services at Cranmer House to be retained.

Mr Simpson said: 'The Friends of Cranmer House realise there is a big push nationally to get people out of care homes and back into their own homes but, in a number of cases, this is not viable. There is the worry that, with carers pushed for time, some people will not get the support they need.'

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He added: 'Negotiations are ongoing and I've asked the Friends of Cranmer House to keep me in the loop and, when the time is right, I can intervene.'

Gilly Foortse, chairman of the Friends of Cranmer House, said: 'We were so glad that our MP has been to see for himself why the closure of Cranmer House would be a tragedy. We now look to county councillors, and the CCG, to build on what Cranmer House does for our community rather than close it down.'

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