Devon to cut 200 jobs in care homes
Devon County Council plans to cut 200 jobs from the 24 care homes it runs, in order to cut costs.
To stay within budget during the economic crisis the council says it needs to cut £5m from running costs over the next three years. However the council has said it does not intend to close any of the homes.
It is expected that some of the job cuts will come from middle management and through natural wastage, leading to the loss of about 60 front line caring posts. It is admitted that patient staff ratios, which are currently three to one, will drop to nearer six to one with these cuts.
Councillor Colin Barker, cabinet member for adult and community services, said this would bring the council more into line with national guidelines and that a review over the summer had shown levels of overstaffing.
He added that additional training would be given to staff and that the consultation period for the proposals would be extended from