Special Cromer meeting to discuss possible cuts to healthcare beds

Benjamin Court in Cromer. Picture: Colin Finch

Benjamin Court in Cromer. Picture: Colin Finch - Credit: Colin Finch

A special meeting will be held in Cromer to discuss any possible cuts to healthcare beds in north Norfolk.

The town council is inviting members of the public to the meeting at the parish church from 7pm on Tuesday, April 4.

Cromer Mayor Tim Adams said three members of the North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (NN CCG) will speak at the meeting about their proposals. Last month the NN CCG served notice to Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C) on the beds it commissions at Benjamin Court in Roughton Road, Cromer.

It plans to move away from hospital-based services to provide more care in the community and has developed a new 'Supported Care' model which is due to be rolled out in May.

The announcement prompted anger from local councillors who fear it could lead to job losses and a reduction in services.

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Mr Adams said: 'We have great concerns about the potential loss of services, and we expect a great deal of public interest, and that's why we're holding the meeting in the church.

'The care provided at Benjamin Court is very important in the community. We have already pressed upon the NN CCG the need for consultation. We need to find out what their proposals are at the meeting, and how they will affect local care provision, before we plan the next step.'

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North Norfolk Council fully supports ensuring a viable future for Benjamin Court and has already called for consultation before any withdrawal of funding.

Its chairman John Lee said they would be offering cross-party backing to save it from being downgraded or any loss of beds.

Mr Lee, who is ward member for Suffield Park, which includes Benjamin Court, said: 'We cannot afford to lose the beds, and we'll be working with everyone else to try and save them.'

A NN CCG spokesman said that no decision has been made about the future of the beds at Benjamin Court.

A spokesman said: 'We have established a steering group of appropriate stakeholders to review the alternative options for use of Benjamin Court and the first meeting took place at the end of March.'

Do you think Benjamin Court should be saved? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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