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Union boss opposes closure of Lincolnshire care homes

A campaign to save eight Lincolnshire care homes from closure has been supported by a union boss.

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said it would be "ridiculous" to close eight "really good care homes".

Under council plans, respite homes including Bonner House in Sleaford and Linelands in Nettleham would be replaced with privately-run homes.

Lincolnshire County Council said final recommendations would be made to the executive council in May.

We are asking the council to think again - it is not the way forward
Dave Prentis

Carolyn Kus, the council's assistant director of adult social care, said reducing the overall cost of care home service would free up money to invest in providing services to more people.

The council has promised that alternative services will be in place before any changes are made to the existing services.

But Mr Prentis said: "It just seems ridiculous when you have got eight really good care homes that you should think about closing them or handing them over to the private sector.

"We know that when homes are handed over to the private sector that the elderly themselves suffer and the service is worse.

"We know there is minimal training for staff and people who are doing important jobs are pushed down to minimum wage," he said.

"We are asking the council to think again - it is not the way forward."

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