Workers’ union weighs into “shock” care home closure

Workers’ union the GMB has weighed into the outcry over a shock home closure in Doncaster.  

It has said “to turf 28 people out of their homes, and give 45 dedicated carers the sack with no notice is nothing short of disgusting.”  

The shock closure of Warneford House in Doncaster saw dazed residents forced out of their home without notice, says the GMB.

A fleet of ambulances arrived in the early morning to ferry the residents away – at the same time Doncaster Council were still telling people an assessment was underway and decisions had not yet been made on the fate of the home.  

One resident was moved to two further homes before a suitable placement was found.  

GMB has written to Ed Miliband, MP for North Doncaster, demanding an urgent meeting to discuss the recent closure of the facility – owned by UK Medi-Care Associates Ltd.

The letter reads: “Surely, if, as the authority asserts, the care provider was not responding to calls that morning, interim measures could have been put in place to support the home rather than tearing vulnerable residents from their worlds and the people they knew.

“Instead 28 elderly and vulnerable people have been uprooted and 45 dedicated staff face the prospect of having no income next month, without any prior warning and who are now understandably nervous about the instability of employment in the care sector. “

Peter Davies, GMB, senior organiser, said: “There will no doubt be reasons for this closure, but simply telling GMB that 45 job losses are not the priority of Doncaster Council, is not good enough.”

GMB is now demanding a public inquiry into the situation. It says that although improvements were being demanded from the home, GMB had been assured that these were underway.

 

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