Oct 17, 2019

Milton Keynes Council: Man 'struggled to feed himself after care cut'

A man with Huntington's disease was treated "Worse than an animal" after his care package was cut by a council, his family has said. Milton Keynes Council cut Roy Baker's care from 35 to 23.5 hours a week after an officer said the authority no longer funded "Shopping and domestic support". When Mr Baker's care and support needs were reviewed by the council in April 2017 it was noted he was "Unable to get drinks and food on bad days" and needed help "Managing and maintaining nutrition". The ombudsman said the cut meant Mr Baker's care package "Was not sufficient" - he lost help for basic needs such as showering and eating - and both he and his ex-wife Sarah suffered "Significant injustice" as a result. "I actually said to the council, the week the carer was off that they wouldn't treat an animal the way he has been taken care of by Milton Keynes Council," Ms Baker said.

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