GMB To Lobby Surrey County Council Meeting On Tues 21st Oct Over Threat To Close Six Elderly Care Homes With A Loss Of 437 Jobs
There is shock that the council’s preferred option is to close the homes before a full consultation has been carried out in the community.
GMB members will lobby Surrey County Councillors before a council meeting on Tuesday 21st October 2014 over the council’s proposal, as a preferred option, to close six elderly care homes in Surrey.
The homes under threat of closure are Brockhurst in Ottershaw, Cobgates in Farnham, Dormers in Caterham, Longfield in Cranleigh, Park Hall in Reigate and Pinehurst in Camberley. There are a total of 437 jobs in these six homes.
The options identified by Surrey County Council are: stay as is, extend and redevelop existing homes, sell or lease homes to other providers.
The details of the lobby are as follows:
at 1pm Tuesday 21st October,
outside Surrey County Hall,
Kingston upon Thames. KT1 2DN.
GMB is inviting the public and relatives to join us on the lobby.
Frank Minal GMB Regional Organiser said “Councillors are meeting to consider the start of a consultation process. Advance documents exhibited on their website already have a preferred option to close these six care homes.
GMB is concerned that this proposal will lead to a number of unwanted outcomes, distress to elderly residents, a direct loss of emergency elderly care provision and 437 jobs losses.
GMB as well as residents and relatives are shocked that the council’s preferred option is to close the homes before a full consultation has been carried out in the community. Such an exercise could be used to develop consensus for a preference could then be directed by the community and interested parties.”
Contact: Frank Minal GMB Regional Organiser Tel: 07713 079 930 or 0208 397 8881 or GMB press office 07921 2898880 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org