Care homes will close, rules Hampshire County Council

Daily Echo: Debbie Long protesting against the closure of Deeside outside Hampshire County Council's headquarters Debbie Long protesting against the closure of Deeside outside Hampshire County Council's headquarters

TO cries of “shame” Hampshire County Councillors have voted to close three residential care homes.

Members of the cabinet overwhelmingly voted today for the closures of Nightingale Lodge in Romsey, Deeside in Basingstoke and Bulmer House in Petersfield, despite pleas from relatives and staff closely linked with the homes.

Councillors voted for Cranleigh Paddock in Lyndhurst to remain open 'due to the expert nature of care' but chose to close its day centre facilities.

Around 80 long-term residents, many of whom have dementia and are physically frail, will need to be relocated.

Speaking to save Deeside, campaigner Teresa Kerr, said: “You are turning your back on the elderly who are too frail to come here themselves today. This is a very serious issue and please, please ensure this stops now.

“I find myself recalling the film of 12 Angry Men as Henry Fonda trying to steer the jury. But this is not a Hollywood movie, this is real life. I implore each and every one of you to stop this.”

Ms Kerr's plea received a standing ovation from people in the public gallery.

Cllr Tony Hooke, UKIP, said: “We were told 83 per cent were opposed and were ignored. My feeling is if Jesus Christ himself had opposed he would have been ignored.

“I stand to pay tribute to the staff, residents and relatives. I say shame on any member of this cabinet who votes for these closures.”

Referring to Nightingale Lodge being a former workhouse, the chairman, Cllr Roy Perry, said: “It's a good place and has good care but it's not really the place that one would want their family to go to.”

Members of the gallery were quick to respond and one shouted, “Shame on you!”

Cllr Perry continued: “The rooms there are small, similar to a cabin on a cross channel ferry. Better provision is needed.”

The dates for the closures have not been fully identified but it was confirmed that no elderly patients would be moved until alternative services had been found.

Gill Duncan, the county's director of adult services, confirmed they would work closely with families to help find the 'best possible provision' for existing residents.

Cabinet members agreed that the closure of Deeside would be delayed until the new wing in the nearby facilities in Oakridge was fully accessible.

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10:00pm Mon 9 Dec 13

eurogordi says...

Shame on you Duncan. Shame on your Perry. Shame on you HCC.

You will have blood on your hands when some of the elderly people die because of the trauma you have caused.

Are the facilities below standard? 83% of residents and their families didn't think so!

And please don't feel good about keeping open Cranleigh Paddock when a friend of mine who has been employed by the Day Centre for 21 years will now face redundancy. You might as well have closed both.

All this Conservative-ruled County Council think about is cutting back essential services while lining the pockets of their cronies in the private sector including shareholders.

Bring on the revolution and, mark my words, it will come sooner rather later because Joe and Josie Public have just about had enough of the arrogance and selfcentredness of our political leaders.
Shame on you Duncan. Shame on your Perry. Shame on you HCC. You will have blood on your hands when some of the elderly people die because of the trauma you have caused. Are the facilities below standard? 83% of residents and their families didn't think so! And please don't feel good about keeping open Cranleigh Paddock when a friend of mine who has been employed by the Day Centre for 21 years will now face redundancy. You might as well have closed both. All this Conservative-ruled County Council think about is cutting back essential services while lining the pockets of their cronies in the private sector including shareholders. Bring on the revolution and, mark my words, it will come sooner rather later because Joe and Josie Public have just about had enough of the arrogance and selfcentredness of our political leaders. eurogordi

1:01am Tue 10 Dec 13

Mary80 says...

The old and disabled are being punished for their conditions and its a load of **** and shouldn't be allowed to happen
The old and disabled are being punished for their conditions and its a load of **** and shouldn't be allowed to happen Mary80

4:00am Tue 10 Dec 13

skeptik says...

No cuts in the higher echelons of local politics - they use to serve to administer the needs and wishes of the people. Now without conscience they willingly make life hell for others whilst reaping rewards in the peoples directorate! - shameful. Time to make changes.
No cuts in the higher echelons of local politics - they use to serve to administer the needs and wishes of the people. Now without conscience they willingly make life hell for others whilst reaping rewards in the peoples directorate! - shameful. Time to make changes. skeptik

4:51am Tue 10 Dec 13

skeptik says...

Thinking on - perhaps I have been singularly unfortunate in the politicians I have met - they all displayed inadequacy having little life of their own to speak of and an overwhelming desire to run others lives by proxy. Surely there must be some from without that band of total inadequacy and I am open minded to anyone who knows one or more.
Thinking on - perhaps I have been singularly unfortunate in the politicians I have met - they all displayed inadequacy having little life of their own to speak of and an overwhelming desire to run others lives by proxy. Surely there must be some from without that band of total inadequacy and I am open minded to anyone who knows one or more. skeptik

9:02am Tue 10 Dec 13

newsknight says...

eurogordi wrote:
Shame on you Duncan. Shame on your Perry. Shame on you HCC. You will have blood on your hands when some of the elderly people die because of the trauma you have caused. Are the facilities below standard? 83% of residents and their families didn't think so! And please don't feel good about keeping open Cranleigh Paddock when a friend of mine who has been employed by the Day Centre for 21 years will now face redundancy. You might as well have closed both. All this Conservative-ruled County Council think about is cutting back essential services while lining the pockets of their cronies in the private sector including shareholders. Bring on the revolution and, mark my words, it will come sooner rather later because Joe and Josie Public have just about had enough of the arrogance and selfcentredness of our political leaders.
Totally Agree eurogordi - the council will reap the rewards of a lucrative deal with expensive B------care or similar, which future residents don't want and could not afford!! So much for facilities for local ordinary people requiring care in the local area - you will give no choice for the future. Similar 'backhanders' happening all over the uk - real 'rip-off Britain' a daily occurrence by people who think they can hide behind their 'Council Decision' statements :-(
[quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: Shame on you Duncan. Shame on your Perry. Shame on you HCC. You will have blood on your hands when some of the elderly people die because of the trauma you have caused. Are the facilities below standard? 83% of residents and their families didn't think so! And please don't feel good about keeping open Cranleigh Paddock when a friend of mine who has been employed by the Day Centre for 21 years will now face redundancy. You might as well have closed both. All this Conservative-ruled County Council think about is cutting back essential services while lining the pockets of their cronies in the private sector including shareholders. Bring on the revolution and, mark my words, it will come sooner rather later because Joe and Josie Public have just about had enough of the arrogance and selfcentredness of our political leaders.[/p][/quote]Totally Agree eurogordi - the council will reap the rewards of a lucrative deal with expensive B------care or similar, which future residents don't want and could not afford!! So much for facilities for local ordinary people requiring care in the local area - you will give no choice for the future. Similar 'backhanders' happening all over the uk - real 'rip-off Britain' a daily occurrence by people who think they can hide behind their 'Council Decision' statements :-( newsknight

9:04am Tue 10 Dec 13

ecuk268 says...

skeptik wrote:
Thinking on - perhaps I have been singularly unfortunate in the politicians I have met - they all displayed inadequacy having little life of their own to speak of and an overwhelming desire to run others lives by proxy. Surely there must be some from without that band of total inadequacy and I am open minded to anyone who knows one or more.
There are decent councillors around but, ironically, they spend their time trying to help people rather than climbing the greasy pole to power.
[quote][p][bold]skeptik[/bold] wrote: Thinking on - perhaps I have been singularly unfortunate in the politicians I have met - they all displayed inadequacy having little life of their own to speak of and an overwhelming desire to run others lives by proxy. Surely there must be some from without that band of total inadequacy and I am open minded to anyone who knows one or more.[/p][/quote]There are decent councillors around but, ironically, they spend their time trying to help people rather than climbing the greasy pole to power. ecuk268

9:55am Wed 11 Dec 13

aldermoorboy says...

Eurogordi you appear to be arrogant and self centred if you believe in revolution rather than voting in a democracy .

Your views are worth no more than the next person, let the voters decide.
Eurogordi you appear to be arrogant and self centred if you believe in revolution rather than voting in a democracy . Your views are worth no more than the next person, let the voters decide. aldermoorboy

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