IMPORTANT POLICY CHANGES AT THE POLICE TREATMENT CENTRES
We are dismayed to have been notified that the Trustees of the PTC [formerly Convalescent Home] decided in a Trustees meeting this August that as from the 1st January 2016 a policy change to the detriment of retired officers will be implemented.
That decision is outlined by a statement from the CEO Patrick Cairns who states on the PTC website:
The Trustees have directed that the PTC will introduce a weekly donation rate of £0.65 for Retired Officers from 1 January 2016, which they will be required to pay if they wish to apply for treatment at the PTC. I have personally spoken to a number of Retired Officers at both our Centres over the last few months, and the vast majority of them have been very supportive of this idea, and stated that they would welcome the opportunity to donate to a police charity doing vital work in support of our serving and retired officers.
Obviously this is a decision which has a major detrimental effect on all our members, who will no longer be able to apply for treatment unless they donate to the PTC, despite their contributions made throughout their service in the Police. The Police Rehabilitation Centre at Flint House [Southern Home] will be charging Police pensioners £400 per person, per week for treatment there
We must point out quite clearly that this has come as a shock to us and furthermore, we are extremely disappointed that the Trustees have chosen to make this far reaching decision without at least consulting NARPO, an organisation that represents a large number of those so adversely affected.
The CEO of the PTC states: Some of you will be aware that the Police Treatment Centres have for some time been wrestling with some major decisions around our eligibility policy for those entitled to access the PTC, and have also been attempting to check the fall in the number of our donors who provide the bulk of our income and annual running costs.
Considering the matter has apparently been under consideration for some time, we are extremely disappointed at this decision and at the complete lack of consultation with NARPO over this major change in the policy of the PTC, and as such we are in consultation with our counterparts in Scotland and Northern Ireland to determine the appropriate course of action to take in challenging this decision as robustly as possible.
The policy change also allows PCSO’s, Specials and certain Police Staff to donate to the PTC and be eligible for admission and treatment at the Centres.