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'Cruel and wrong' proposals over care of disabled adults to be taken to parliament

“Cruel and wrong” proposals to needs-assess the parents of severely disabled adult children for respite services are set to be taken to parliament.

Currently, NHS services across Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland provide parents with 33 nights of respite in which their disabled adult children are cared for in the specialist units of Bankfields Court in Middlesbrough and The Aysgarth Unit in Stockton .

Parents say the service is invaluable, giving them a much-needed break from providing complex care to adults with severe needs throughout the year.

But plans to introduce an assessment of parents’ respite needs has led to a revolt after health bosses said they could not guarantee the same level of services would continue to be provided following the changes.

Both Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland Councils are now poised to take the parents’ case to the secretary of state for health after a meeting of the South Tees Health Scrutiny Joint Committee ended in deadlock on Wednesday.