Leeds care home closure ‘an exercise in box ticking’

Members of the Save Primrose Hill protest group outside the care home in Boston Spa.
Members of the Save Primrose Hill protest group outside the care home in Boston Spa.
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An angry relative has hit out at the council for ‘making a mockery’ of consultation after a north west Leeds residential home was earmarked for closure.

In a deputation presented to full council on Monday, Julia Chapman said the City Council’s budget for 2013/14 had already anticipated savings from closing care homes and day centres across Leeds.

She said closure of Manorfield House residential home in Horsforth appeared to be a foregone conclusion. She said: “Regardless of what has been said about this being a standard accountancy treatment it makes a mockery of the consultation process, suggests that it is nothing other than a box-ticking exercise and means that the democratic process is a farce.”

Mrs Chapman appealed to the City Council to debate the matter further.

Manorfield House is one of eight care homes and four day centres that council bosses plan to close, claiming this could save the authority around £800,000 a year.

Public consultation closed in June and a decision is due in September.

There are 21 permanent residents at Manorfield House, said Mrs Chapman.

The youngest is aged 75 and has lived there for nearly 20 years, she said, and the eldest, who is aged 102, has been there for nearly six.

Mrs Chapman said: “The relatives of the elderly and vulnerable residents at Manorfield are horrified at the prospect of their family members having to move home at this stage in their lives.”

Amberton Court, in Gipton; Suffolk Court, in Yeadon; Home Lea House, in Rothwell; Burley Willows, in Burley; Fairview, in Seacroft; Primrose Hill in Boston Spa; and Musgrave Court, in Pudsey, are the other care homes at risk of closure.

A spokesman for Leeds City Council said: “We understand that older people and their families will feel anxious about the future of their care homes. Everyone who has contributed to the consultation will be listened to. All the points raised in the consultation process and by the delegations to full council will be considered later this year when a final decision will be made.”

A deputation was also heard at full council on Monday from the ‘Save Primrose Hill Care Home’ campaigners.