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Care Home Workers Protest At County Hall

Care Home Protest County Hall

7:56am 26th June 2013
(Updated 11:47am 26th June 2013)

Council Leaders will be ducking past a group of unhappy care workers this morning in a row over residential care homes in Dorset (Wednesday 26th June).

Cabinet are considering closing 2 facilities, including Phoenix House.

Staff from the 2 homes plan to meet councillors head-on on the steps outside County Hall this morning.

They're not only fighting to keep the care homes open, but for their jobs too.

If proposals to close the homes are backed, the buildings could be sold off and residents moved to domiciliary care, a privatised operation.

UNISON says the move would greatly affect their service users, who're mainly adults with learning disabilities. A spokesperson for the union said, “We understand the financial pressures on DCC but the business case behind these proposals are deeply questionable.

The option of contracting these adult care home services to the private sector, even in part, still won’t achieve the savings being sought.

“But our biggest fear is the impact these changes will have on residents. Many won’t fully understand what is happening but they will be highly sensitive to the disruption to their lives.

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