Housing firm turns down GP's request; WOMAN'S BID TO MOVE SNUBBED.
A housing provider has snubbed a GP's plea on behalf of a carer who needs to be nearer her elderly and ill parents.
The Gateshead Housing Company turned down an appeal from Elsie Buckle's doctor supporting her request to move so she could be in a better position to look after them.
Elsie currently lives in a onebedroom bungalow in High Spen, Rowlands Gill, but has to look after her dad James, 79, at home for long periods at a time.
She sleeps on the floor in the living room when her dad stays over. Elsie has requested a move to a two-bedroom bungalow which would allow her to be nearer James and her mother Lily, also 79, who lives separately and is also unwell.
Elsie, who has back problems and anxiety, said: "When my dad comes to stay with me I have to sleep on the floor or on the sofa.
"I have requested a move to be nearer both my parents but the housing people say I am too young at 56.
"My GP says where I am at the moment is no good for me."
Elsie's doctor said sleeping on the floor made her back problems worse while a requested move to William Morris Avenue, the same street where her mum lives, will enable her to provide family support to both parents.
But the housing company said no.
A spokeswoman for The Gateshead Housing Company said: "Our medical team have looked at her situation and feel that the property is meeting her needs so we have not awarded Mrs Buckle any additional medical priority for a move.
"The original assessment by the medical team has recently been reviewed in light of the letter received from her GP.
"After considering all the factors the conclusion reached was that the original decision not to award Mrs Buckle medical priority was appropriate.
"We have advised Mrs Buckle that people applying for two-bedroom bungalows who are aged 60+ and also those with a medical award will be considered before her for this property type.
"We know Mrs Buckle wants to move to William Morris Avenue. As recently as 15 February Mrs Buckle was offered a two-bedroom bungalow at A J Cooks Cottages, which is not far from William Morris Avenue.
"While Mrs Buckle decided not to take up this offer we will continue to support her to bid for twobedroom bungalows and in the future she may well be successful with another offer closer to where she wants to be."
Elsie said she did not take up the offer because there were too many steps leading to the property, which she felt was unsuitable for both her back condition and her dad's heart condition.
'"Our medical team have looked at her situation and feel that the property is meeting her needs so we have not awarded Mrs Buckle any additional medical priority for a move. THE GATESHEAD HOUSING COMPANY
| Elsie Buckle of High Spen, who is involved in a housing row with Gateshead Housing Company
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|Publication:||Sunday Sun (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Mar 11, 2018|
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