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Talks On Durham Care Home Closures

Thursday, December 5, 2013

GMB And Unison In Talks With Council On Friday 6th December Over Five Durham Care Homes Threatened With Closure

We realise the position the authority is in but we’ve got to try to maintain our care homes says GMB. 

GMB and Unison will take part in talks with Durham County Council on Friday 6th December over the council’s proposals that could lead to the closure of five care homes in a bid to save money.

This follows a protest demonstration by care workers and relatives of 49 permanent residents on Wednesday 4th December Durham’s County Hall as county councillors arrived for a full council meeting.

Durham County Council is consulting on the future of Cheveley House, Belmont; Feryemount, Ferryhill; Mendip House, Chester-le-Street; Grampian House, Peterlee; and Newtown House, Stanhope. There are three options: repair, privatisation and closure; and consultation runs until January 19 2014.

There is a further protest event in Teesdale at 2pm on Sunday 8th December when supporters of Newtown House in Stanhope plan to create a ring of support by holding hands to encircle the facility.

Terry Scarr, GMB senior organiser, said “The council had agreed to talk to union officials about the homes for the first time in more than a month on Friday 6th December.

GMB realise the position the authority is in but we’ve got to try to maintain our care homes.”

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Contact: Chris Jukes 07870 176733 or Terry Scarr 07870 176 724 or 0191 233 3930 or GMB press office 07921 289 880 

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