Campaigners’ Doncaster care homes closure fear

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Campaigners fighting to save Doncaster old folks homes have hit the streets - as an official report praised adult social care in the borough.

A Local Government Association report today goes in front of Doncaster Council’s cabinet, praising the standards in the borough, but calling for modernisation.

But campaigners who collected 716 signatures on a petition at Doncaster Market in two hours described the situation as “care gate” and described care home closures as ‘heartbreaking.’

Pauline Collins, part of the Save Our Council Care Homes campaign, said: “My dad is a resident at a council care home. The care homes provide a homely and friendly atmosphere for elderly people.”

The review stated there was clear ambition and support for adult social care modernisation at the council and a willingness to make and carry through difficult decisions.

Mayor Ros Jones, said: “Opening ourselves up to review by external professionals is essential if we want an honest independent analysis of what is going well and where improvements are needed.

“I made it clear from the outset that I was going to transform Doncaster Council.”

But her predecessor, Peter Davies described the review as a “whitewash”.

He said: “The report says that they are modernising services when that just means that they are throwing people out of their homes. The new policy is a disaster.

“Why they need to do this report leaves me baffled? I’m not sure if they think the report justifies them shutting homes in some way.”