Councillor takes hunger strike protest on the road

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A county councillor who has been on hunger strike since Monday has taken his protest to another authority.

North Yorkshire County Councillor John Clark has taken to steps at Scarborough Town Hall over the way one of his constituents is being treated in a care home.

He is hoping the stance will prompt action from the NHS Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group which is based within the building.

On Monday Cllr Clark, who represents the Pickering area, set up camp on the steps of County hall in Northallerton in a bid to kickstart action from the county council over claims of neglect relating to a 91 year-old care home resident.

Since then Cllr Clark said the authority had done a “tremendous amount of work” to sort out the problems presented to them but other key agencies hadn’t.

Complaints about the pensioner’s care included insufficient liquid intake, losing weight and not being fed in a safe manner and bruised arms and wrists.

One of the most recent incidents in the case which has allegedly been going on for three years is that on the hottest day in September the lady was only given 170ml of liquids.

A spokesperson for the CCG said: “Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group are aware of the concerns of Cllr Clark with regard to a safeguarding issue.

“We are currently working with our partners including North Yorkshire County Council to investigate the concerns raised and find a satisfactory resolution.

“Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group takes issues around adult safeguarding very seriously and we will continue to work with the parties involved. We will therefore make no further comment at this time while this work is ongoing.