Union says profit motive is to blame

Posted on January 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

While adding its voice to the call for protocols on care home closures, the UK¹s biggest union, Unison, blames the “profit-driven private sector” for the recent spate of closures. Reacting to the report from the advice group Counsel and Care (see above) that homes were closing at an alarming rate, Unison national secretary Malcolm Wing said that “before any closures are allowed, there should be proper consultation and alternative provision made available in the community”. “This situation underlines the folly of privatisation which now has elderly people and local authorities at the mercy of the private providers who will take the most profitable decisions,” Mr Wing said. “In the housing market boom of last year, there was evidence that proprietors were closing homes and selling up in order to make a quick profit. “Local authorities were forced to dispose of the majority of homes because the private sector said it could run them cheaper and better. And now they are threatening to close or dispose of their as

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