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Demo Over Dementia Service Sell Off

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

GMB To Demonstrate Over Sell Off Of Bracknell Forest  Dementia Service And Potential Job Losses And Reduced Service To Users.

The Existing Council Run Service Has A Proven Track Record Of Keeping People Suffering From Dementia In Their Homes, Which Is Regarded As The Most Cost Effective Method For The Tax Payer.

GMB members working for Bracknell Forest Council’s Dementia care team will hold a demonstration on Saturday 1st February 2014 over the threat to sell off the service to a private contractor. Bracknell Forest Council is looking to cut £150,000 from its budget a year, by outsourcing the care of the dementia patients with the potential loss of 15 members of staff.G

Based on current council bed rates, the additional knock on cost as a consequence of the sell-off could result in bed costs of around £800 per week per person, a specialist bed could amount to a figure of £1,200 per week.

GMB members will be outside Times Square between:

11.00 TO1300 ON





RG12 1JD

Frank Minal, GMB Organiser said, ”It would seem, Bracknell Council has already started to reduce the level of care provided by the council to patients by some 50% over the last few months, the agency is already doing this work. The real comparison in costs should be against best value and the delivery of the highest level of care to local residents and their families who are coping with dementia. This will be a growing problem well into the future.

The additional knock on cost to the NHS as a consequence of the sell-off could result in bed costs of around £800 per week per person, a specialist EMI bed could amount to a figure of £1200 per week.

The existing council run service has a proven track record of keeping people suffering from dementia in their homes, which is regarded as the most cost effective method for the tax payer. With a growing number of people suffering from dementia and an increase in demand for this service inviting the public sector in to this highly sensitive service so that it can profit from it, is unlikely to provide the best level of care or value for money.

Many members of the public have written to Bracknell Forest Council saying what a fantastic job the existing Dementia Team and service, delivers to the community that pays for it. In contrast to the experience of private providers. Some of the criticisms of outside agencies’ were "there is a lack of training of staff in dementia" and "there is a lack of continuity with regard to staff allocation to patients".


Contact Frank Minal, GMB (Mobile) 07713 079 930, (Office) 01256 308080 Email:

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