VIDEO: Doncaster Council care homes to be privatised

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A campaign group has hit out at a decision to privatise seven council run care homes that were threatened with closure.

A decision was made at today’s Doncaster Council cabinet meeting (January 21) to keep the homes open but bring in private firms to run them.

Members of Caregate action group

Members of Caregate action group

However, if no bids are deemed satisfactory for any of the homes they will be closed down.

Caregate action group who have been fighting closure plans welcomed the move to keep them open but expressed fears about the impact privatisation could have on their loved ones.

The homes affected are Gattison House in Rossington, Oldfield House in Stainforth, Owston View in Skellow, Rose House in Armthorpe, Rowena House in Conisbrough, Stenson Court in Balby, and Plantation View in Cantley.

Mayor Ros Jones said: “When we consulted over the potential closure of these care homes, many people told us they would like us to look at a way of keeping them open.

“My cabinet and I have listened to the concerns of local people and are doing all we can to keep these residents in their homes. We are confident there is interest from the independent sector.”