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Cuts in Sutton leave vulnerable in tears

Issue No. 2245

Sutton council plans to sack all of its full-time care workers in a sheltered housing complex. People will be left to employ private care by the hour.

The south London council’s plans will separate vulnerable people from carers they have worked with for 15 years.

Dr Stanley Monick, a resident at Crownbourne Court home, told Socialist Worker, “These proposed changes have caused grief to residents here. People are crying and feel like they are being abandoned.

“There has not been one bit of consultation. The council got a social worker to break the news—they don’t have the decency to be honest with us.”

Another care home, Oakleigh Care Centre, provides the only specialist care for people suffering from dementia in the area. The council plans to sell it off.

Private companies are already lining up to bid for the services—they can’t wait to make a quick buck out of the misery of others.

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Tue 29 Mar 2011, 18:01 BST
Issue No. 2245
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