MP calls for dementia review

Penny Mordaunt
Penny Mordaunt
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A Portsmouth MP today called for a full-scale review of help for people with dementia in the city.

Penny Mordaunt said she was concerned there was not enough joined-up thinking when it comes to dementia help.

The Portsmouth North MP spoke out on a crucial day for a centre for people with dementia.

Portsmouth City Council plans to close The Patey Day Centre, in Edinburgh House, Sundridge Close, Cosham, and transfer its services to The Royal Albert Centre, in Landport.

It’s being proposed in an effort to save £100,000.

The site the centre is on is due to be demolished next year to fund a new 72-bed residential home in Farlington.

The facility cares for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients.

Ms Mordaunt said: ‘Many of my constituents have contacted me following the announcement of Portsmouth City Council to close the centre, and I will be submitting a deputation at today’s full council meeting.

‘While I welcome the opportunity for consultation with the service users and carers of The Patey Day Centre, I am concerned that the local authority is undertaking this on a very narrow basis when they should be reviewing dementia provision more widely across Portsmouth.’