‘We will improve city’s flagging respite care’

Fareham MP Suella Fernandes with members of Solent Waspi at her Senior Citizens Fair, in Fareham.

Solent Waspi campaigners attend Fareham fair

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PLANS are in the works to rejuvenate Portsmouth’s flagging respite care services, the city’s council leader has promised.

Councillor Donna Jones said Portsmouth City Council was determined to drive up standards in adult social care.

It comes as the authority’s cabinet approved cost-cutting measures of £2.4m on the health and social care funds yesterday.

Speaking during the cabinet meeting, Cllr Jones said: ‘I say this with a heavy heart – our respite care service in this city is really poor and it needs improving and redesigning through really close integration through the CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group)

‘We have a good proposition we’re working through to try and completely rejuvenate the adult social care services across the city which will free up more financial aid to support respite care from our position as a city council.

‘So whilst it’s not in the position it needs to be in at the moment, we do have a plan to address that.’

She said the council had been working with the CCG and had met the chief executive of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust to address the service.

The cost-saving measures to the adult social care budget will come into effect next year.