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Widower campaigns for nurse reinstatement

Councillors in Harrow are being urged to reverse their decision to terminate the contracts of the only two Admiral nurses in the borough.

The service, which provides advice for the care of dementia sufferers, was cut in January amid a funding reshuffle, which saw social care related projects prioritised.

According to the Harrow Observer, Harrow is the only local authority in England to have terminated the service completely.

Widower Neville Hughes, whose wife was helped by Admiral nurses, has collected over 1,000 names in a petition to be presented to the council and NHS Harrow next week.

He said he has been "absolutely staggered" by the response to his petition, believing it to have "opened up a hornet's nest."

Gareth Thomas, Labour MP for Harrow West, told the Harrow Observer he fears Hughes' "worthy  campaign" will be unsuccessful thanks to the spending cuts imposed on the government.

We asked if Harrow council is justified in terminating the Admiral nurse service. Your comments (terms and conditions apply):

"Not justified. I look around me I find such an increase of  dementia sufferers. These sufferers and their families need a lot of support. Are we getting rid of all the support for these folks? We do not know who will be the next to suffer" - Hilda Singh, Enfield