From Bristol Labour Party
Labour councillors today called for Bristol City Council to suspend their care home closure plans in the light of the failure of Britain’s largest care home provider Southern Cross.
“Although the council has only a limited number of placements in care homes provided by Southern Cross it is clear that private sector providers are facing severe difficulties at this time.
“Proposals to close Bristol’s council run care homes needs urgent re-examination as future reliance solely on private care homes may prove to be far too risky in present circumstances,” said Cllr Jenny Smith, Labour spokesperson on Care and Health.
Labour has refused to support council proposals around what amounts to the privatisation of council homecare provision and proposals leading to the closure of Bristol’s council-run care homes.
“The council cannot ignore the realities facing private care homes and simply press ahead with their plans as if nothing has happened. Lib Dem politicians should show some leadership listen to clear warnings over their proposals and re-cast their plans in order to protect Bristol’s elderly and vulnerable citizens,” said Labour leader Cllr Peter Hammond.