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Relatives to fight care home sale

Relatives of residents at a Nottinghamshire care home are urging the county council not to sell it.

Campaigners held a meeting on Tuesday to fight to keep the Westwood care home in Worksop in the hands of the authority.

The council is considering selling off 13 care homes as part of plans to save £85m over the next three years.

David Hamilton, from the council, said the meeting was very constructive and views would be fed back to councillors.

It is about meeting the cost of social care
David Hamilton, Nottinghamshire County Council

Jane Moffat, whose mother is at the care home said: "The staff really, really care. They are dedicated and take the time to really get to know relatives, [they] go the extra mile.

"Private businesses have to make a profit... but it means there is less money in the pot to go back into care. It isn't a criticism of private sector care at all because they work hard.

"My father was in a private care home before he died and to compare the care he received to the care that my mother receives, there is no comparison. Westwood is in a league of its own."

The council's cabinet is meeting to discuss the budget cuts on Wednesday.

Mr Hamilton, county council service director for older people, said: "It is about meeting the cost of social care and we do know that in Nottinghamshire we need to find £33m savings next year as a council.

"You can't do that without doing some things differently and this is one proposal alongside many."

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