The News Comment: Let’s not forget those at the end of care process

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it’s hard to imagine what it must be like to rely on care.

Needing someone to help you with everyday tasks must be a difficult thing to accept.

But it’s something that affects many people and families.

And thankfully, in most cases, it is something that is well-provided giving the person who needs it the help required and, often, their family the respite they too are crying out for.

But with that, understandably, a bond is formed between the carer and the person receiving the care.

Which is why it’s sad to bring you the story of Raymond Ractliffe.

The retired fireman has multiple sclerosis and has carers at his home four times a day.

He had a good relationship with them and they were good for him.

But, out of the blue, the county council changed the provider.

While Mr Ractliffe is at pains to point out the new firm providing care are perfectly adequate, the point he makes is the wider one about the trust and respect that had built up.

He believes it’s down to council cuts.

The county council itself says the decision was made when it decided to use a smaller number of care providers.

Either way, the end result is the same.

A person who relies on care very regularly has been left unsettled.

And it’s fair to say he won’t be the only one across this area enduring the same problems.

So while we understand that yes, sometimes things change, we hope that the people at the end of the process are not forgotten.

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