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Care homes closures plan approved by Doncaster councillors

Members of the public is at Doncaster Council to hand over a petition about the closure of care homes. Picture: Andrew Roe

Members of the public is at Doncaster Council to hand over a petition about the closure of care homes. Picture: Andrew Roe

Cries of ‘shame’ and ‘disgusting’ met this afternoon’s decision by Doncaster Council’s cabinet to close their seven remaining old people’s homes.

The protests were from the Caregate Action Group, who have collected more than 25,000 names on a petition opposed to the closure plan.

But there was a glimmer of hope when council chief executive Jo Miller confirmed a charity has expressed interest in taking over some of the homes and discussions will be held.

Coun Joe Blackham’s recommendation of three month review to examine alternative care providers was approved by the cabinet, who agreed the phased closures of care homes in Rossington, Stainforth, Skellow, Armthorpe, Conisbrough, Balby and Cantley.

Mayor Ros Jones said the council would ensure no-one is made homeless or be forced to move if there is not alternative accommodation.

The protest group have sworn to take the issue to the European courts because they feel an enforced move to private caere homes will have a detrimental effect on their relatives’ health.

 

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