Without Liberal Member of Parliament for Stockton North, Alex Cunningham who spoke these words in a Westminster Hall Debate last week, we would not know of the simply outrageous situation here in Rotherham for those in great need:
“Mencap provided me with a graphic example of what the cuts mean for George and his daughter, who are from Rotherham. George’s daughter has profound and multiple learning disabilities. Due to her disability, she is doubly incontinent and requires the use of many disposable items of medical equipment. She lives with her dad, and as part of her care package, the council picks up all body and medical waste from the household. The waste includes faeces, urine, blood and vomit. Mencap says that Rotherham council has gone from collecting the hazardous waste once a week to once every 14 days, and has reduced the amount that it picks up by 50%. The council has also stopped providing specialist waste bags for the disposal of the waste, leaving the family to cover the additional cost themselves. That bodily waste now goes into black bin bags mixed with household waste, which are sent to landfill.”
Rotherham Council must remedy this seriously unacceptable situation, this ultimately endangers public health.