A SUMMIT is to be held over the future of dementia day care services in Portsmouth.
City MP Penny Mordaunt is going to hold a meeting with health bosses and the council in the hope a solution can be found.
She says the authority should be helping people with the condition across the city – instead of just focusing on getting patients moved from Patey Day Centre, in Cosham, to The Royal Albert Centre, in Landport.
And Ms Mordaunt hopes it will be an opportunity for people to discuss ways of bringing more day centres into use.
It comes as Portsmouth’s dementia action plan shows that in the next two years, 2,142 residents will have a form of dementia, with 1,178 having a mild form, 685 being moderate and 279 having a severe form.
Ms Mordaunt said: ‘There are thousands of people who need access to dementia services and yet they don’t get that.
‘We have a really ageing population and dementia conditions are on the increase.
‘Currently, the system only picks certain people up when they end up in Queen Alexandra Hospital.
‘We need a massive push on this.’
The council recognises there needs to be more provisions – but can’t afford to run more and wants the private sector to come forward.
As previously reported, Patey Day Centre is part of Edinburgh House, which is due to be demolished in the next two years – and campaigners are hoping to keep a day service in the north of the city afterwards and have it run under the Patey banner.
They’ve been given six months to find a site, and if they don’t in that time then Patey Day Centre will close for good. It’s a move that will save the council £100,000.
Portsmouth’s Labour group suggested at the latest meeting of the full council that if councillors took a 20 per cent cut in allowances then the Patey service could stay – but that was dismissed.
Only one other day service exists in the north of Portsmouth – Spinnaker Day Care Centre in Northern Parade, Hilsea, but that isn’t council funded. A date and venue for the summit has yet to be agreed.