Shadow Minister visits Bury to discuss social care and hospice

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Barbara Keeley, Labour MP and Shadow Minister for Mental Health & Social Care, joined Bury North MP James Frith this week on a visit to Bury to visit a local community project and the town’s hospice.

James took the shadow minister and Eccles MP to the D-CaFF café in Greenmount where she met with volunteers, carers and those living with dementia. They went on to tour Bury Hospice and meet the trustees and senior management to discuss Labour policy on hospice and palliative care.

James said:

“It was a pleasure to invite Barbara to Bury to see an amazing project like the D-CaFF café in Greenmount and to visit our wonderful hospice. We had a very positive discussion about some of my ideas for the future of hospice and palliative care which will inform the party’s policy making process and Barbara committed to working with me to develop the ideas further.”

Shadow Minister Barbara Keeley said:

“I very much enjoyed visiting the D-CaFF café and Bury Hospice and meeting the wonderful staff and volunteers who deliver these vital services. A future Labour Government will invest in mental health and social care services so that they have more resources to look after vulnerable people, which will help initiatives like D-CaFF and the brilliant Bury hospice.”

Joani Beale, Leader of D-CaFF, said:

“It was a pleasure to have James and Barbara visit the D-CaFF as it presented our members with an opportunity to speak to them about the real life social care struggles they face on a day to day basis and gave both James and Barbara a chance to see firsthand, the value cafés such as ours can provide to people in our community who are living with dementia and their carers, family and friends.”

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