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Save Arrowsmith House care home

by Hannah Murray
Issue No. 2181

About 50 people took part in a march to save Edwin Arrowsmith House, a care home for the elderly in Handsworth, Birmingham at the end of last month.

The protesters included residents, family members, staff and trade unionists.

Over the last few years Birmingham council has closed 14 out of 30 homes for the elderly. They plan to close seven more – despite having built only four of the ten new ones promised.

Unison union rep Graham Horn said, “This is a fight to preserve all our services”. And a TUC spokesperson warned of “more struggles ahead”.

One relative of a resident spoke of “management lies” and “abuse of residents’ rights”.

Friends of Edwin Arrowsmith plan to present a petition at the local councillors’ surgery on 11 December at 7pm.


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Tue 8 Dec 2009, 18:40 GMT
Issue No. 2181
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