Debate over adoption of ethical care charter in Portsmouth quashed by councillors

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A DEBATE over whether the city should adopt an ethical care charter was quashed.

Campaigners called for the council to improve its help to the most vulnerable people.

The charter, already adopted by other authorities, seeks to give carers a better wage and provide them more time with patients rather than stick to targets.

Anti-cuts campaigner Jon Woods said it was important Portsmouth moved away from a ‘conveyor belt’ form of care – and Lib Dem Gerald Vernon-Jackson highlighted how his own mother requires care and faces difficulties.

But Tory, Labour and Ukip councillors voted for the matter to go before the cabinet.

Tory leader Donna Jones said: ‘I have no issue with the motion and I am happy to look at it.’