Elderly care ward closures spark anger in Sheffield
Older people and care staff are protesting the closure of elderly care wards in Sheffield hospitals, which may affect people paying for care in the area.
Some 28 beds in one Hallamshire ward have been closed already and a total of 56 are due to be closed over the next two months at the Royal Hallamshire and Northern General hospitals, the Sheffield Star reports.
Additionally, more than 30 nursing staff have been told that they will be moved to other wards in August.
Jacqueline Milner, secretary of the Sheffield Pensioners Action Group, said the elderly should not suffer the consequences of NHS cuts.
"A 30-day consultation is being carried out for staff, but nobody has contacted the people who will be affected," she told the newspaper.
"Why has there been no consultation with elderly patients?"
It follows reports in the Western Morning News that Devon and Cornwall's elderly population is expected to grow by a quarter of a million over the next two decades.
Posted by Nigel Murphy