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Bromley needy urge Bromley council not to privatise care

PUBLISHED: 17:30 15 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:41 15 September 2010

Violet McGrath

Violet McGrath

Archant

Vulnerable residents who require round-the-clock help have pleaded with a council not to privatise its home-care services.

Following recent articles in the Times about Bromley council’s plans to outsource up to 146 of its part-time carers by handing all of its domiciliary care to private companies we have been inundated with letters and phone-calls from the service users and from those whose jobs are threatened.

Violet McGrath, 80, of Green Street Green, Orpington, suffered a stroke two years ago which left her paralysed down the left side of her body. Carers visit her four times a day to bathe, feed, provide personal hygiene and put her to bed.

She said: “Once I had agency staff who didn’t know what they were doing, they managed to pull the hoist over and I was suspended in the air. I was petrified.”

About 100 Bromley council care workers voted unanimously against the plans on August 30. One said: “We know that agencies at the moment do not offer the same level of care and expertise as the in house home care in Bromley.”

A council spokesperson said: “The majority of care in Bromley is already delivered by independent providers that the council contracts from both the voluntary and private sector. What is important is we monitor the quality of care and it has been a problem for the in-house service that the agency cover it calls upon doesn’t always match up to regular carers."

l What do you think? E-mail kate.nelson@archant.co.uk. Full story in the Bromley Times.

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