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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 May 2012
Care home closures in Sheffield
Sheffield City Council is planning to close all of the remaining elderly care homes in the city that are still council owned after years of privatisation of social care. 40 elderly care centres have been shut down in Sheffield in the last 15 years under Labour and Lib Dem councils.
Sevenfields resource centre in the Wisewood area of the city and Hazelhurst resource centre in Jordanthorpe both provide intermediate care (rehab) and residential care for elderly people and have been earmarked for closure. The move will put 43 people out of work as the council says it wants to use private facilities instead. This will cost more money, provide a poorer service as private companies always do and offer worse pay and conditions for workers.
The council also plans to close Norbury resource centre in Norwood, Bolehill View resource centre in Crookes and Hurlfield View in Gleadless Common that all provide specialist care for people with dementia.
This is all part of the Labour council's cuts and privatisation agenda. The council's director of care and support communities, Eddie Sherwood, said the move would reduce costs and replace 'ageing' facilities while still providing beds outsourced to the private sector. It just shows how all three main parties are more concerned with giving our money to private companies than protecting jobs and services.
Wyllie Hume, Sheffield Socialist Party
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In The Socialist 9 May 2012:
Socialist Party election analysis
Legitimacy of Cameron and Clegg further shattered
Election results: How did TUSC do?
Con-Dems battered in Scottish local elections
Labour's best Wales result in 21 years will not stop cuts
London elections - TUSC: A marker for future struggles
Coventry: Socialist campaigner Dave Nellist narrowly loses
4,792 mayoral vote for Liverpool 47 candidate
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition local election reports
Unison attacks TUSC candidate
International socialist news and analysis
France: A weekend that shocked Europe
Greece: Political earthquake sees pro-austerity parties' support collapse
Socialist Party news and analysis
Water waste of money!
MPs find Murdoch "not fit" to run media empire
Them & Us
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Good result for Socialist Students candidates in NUS elections
Health services at risk in Cardiff and Vale
Privatisation pushes up transport costs in Yorkshire
Care home closures in Sheffield
Police restrict anti-racist protesters in Luton
Socialist Party workplace news
Come to the NSSN conference!
Greenwich libraries - fighting back can win
Exposed: the dirty world of NHS privatisation
Duncan Smith throws insults at Remploy workers
Workplace news in brief
Reviews and comments
Film review: 'Cocaine Unwrapped'
Turning anger into action
The Socialist 9 May 2012 |
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