Council closes Gosport care home

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AN ‘unsuitable’ care home in Gosport has been closed by Hampshire County Council.

Councillors ignored protesters to push through plans to shut Addenbrooke Care Home, in Willis Road, at a meeting in Winchester today.

The decision follows a three-month consultation with staff, residents and the public.

Addenbrooke has 10 residents and 31 members of staff.

The council has said the home – along with one in Winchester and another in Fleet – is not suitable to accommodate the county’s growing ageing population.

Unison has described the council’s plans as ‘privatisation by the back door’.

But Councillor Felicity Hindson, who is charge of adult social care in Hampshire, said all three homes had ‘significant problems’ and the buildings were no longer suitable.

‘Although we could have spent £4.5m on basic maintenance for the three homes, it would have needed a considerably larger investment to bring them up to modern standards,’ she said.

‘I fully understand how unsettling and worrying this has been for the residents, their families and staff.

‘Having looked closely at the responses from a 12-week consultation, as well as seeking advice from council experts on the current condition of the homes, I am satisfied there is suitable alternative residential or nursing accommodation available for the residents in the three homes to choose from.

‘These alternatives will be close to where they are now so that groups of friends can stay together, which is what people told us they wanted.

‘I would like to emphasise that no home will close until all the residents are completely happy with their new accommodation.’