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Darlington pensioner faces £750 vet bill after cat’s tail jams in stairlift

81-year-old, who lives alone and receives daily support from carers

Maisie Wilkinson pictured with Tilly who got her tail caught in the stairlift Maisie Wilkinson pictured with Tilly who got her tail caught in the stairlift

A FRAIL pensioner has been left with a £750 bill after an out-of-hours vet treated her cat when its tail jammed in a stairlift.

Firefighters who dismantled the stairlift at Maisie Wilkinson’s Darlington home to free feline Tilly are now holding a whipround to help out.

The 81-year-old, who lives alone and receives daily support from carers, was charged £753.56 by the Vets Now service.

Her son Tony is angered at the size of the charge – which involved Tilly’s late night collection by a vet and overnight care.

Next day she was transferred to the PDSA veterinary charity in Middlesbrough who amputated Tilly’s injured tail free of charge.

“I don’t know how they can justify the cost,” said Mr Wilkinson, 61.

Give cleaners to the elderly says minister

Voucher scheme could create over 700,000 jobs

  • The system is already used in Belgium and France
  • Report claims it would create more than 700,000 jobs

By Mario Ledwith

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The elderly could be given state-funded cleaners so their relatives no longer have to quit their jobs to look after them.

Under a plan backed by the care minister, those no longer able to carry out household tasks would be issued with vouchers to put towards gardeners, cooks and cleaners.

Why is it that the Dementia Friendly Community initiative attracts a mere pittance of funding?

Guest blog from Carol Munt 

munt12@aol.com

Dementia Friendly Communities ……… half a day a week or what?

It’s taken me a couple of days to start to write this blog.

I’m a left handed Sagittarian (for those of you who want to know), I’m not a placid or patient person and there are some things that really annoy me.

And I do mean really annoy me, even though I try very hard to take an unbiased view, make allowances and tell myself it isn’t the end of the earth.

So here goes…. my blog or rant, depends how you see it, for the Bank Holiday weekend.

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