‘False hope’ over care homes

NDET 15-1-13 RKH 1 Gill Ferguson with mum  Joyce Wood who is at risk of being homeless when her nursing home shuts.
NDET 15-1-13 RKH 1 Gill Ferguson with mum Joyce Wood who is at risk of being homeless when her nursing home shuts.

The daughter of a West Hallam care home resident has hit back at a councillor’s vow to try to keep at least some of the county’s care homes open.

Cllr Clare Neill, newly in charge of adult care on Derbyshire County Council, last week said she had visited care homes threatened with closure, including Beechcroft and was ‘committed’ to trying to keep them open.

But Gill Ferguson, whose mother Joyce Wood, 92, lives there, accused Cllr Neill of giving ‘false hope’ to families.

“It’s unfortunate that she’s making promises that she might not be able to keep,” said Mrs Ferguson.

“She is giving people false hope. The council is facing swingeing cuts.”

Last week Labour’s Cllr Neill said that keeping care homes open would be ‘very difficult’, because contracts had already been signed to begin replacing care homes with extra care apartments.

The previous Conservative administration announced its plan early last year.