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Staff at Basingstoke carehome Deeside given voluntary redundancy letters
COUNTY bosses insist no decision has been made on the future of a Basingstoke care home despite staff receiving voluntary redundancy letters.
Hampshire County Council wants to shut Deeside, its care home in Alliston Way, South Ham, and has opened a consultation on a plan that could result in 40 job losses and the uprooting of 29 residents, some of whom have dementia. The consultation is due to end on Monday, October 21.
But staff at Deeside have now received a letter from Nikki Lucas, HR Business Partner at Hampshire County Council, discussing the possibility of voluntary redundancy.
The letter, seen by The Gazette and dated Monday, September 2, said a voluntary redundancy window will open in October, after letters outlining the terms of the redundancy are sent out.
Terry Tuxford, of Western Way, South Ham, whose 94-year-old mother-in-law is a Deeside resident, said the letter is premature.
The 62-year-old member of the Save Deeside campaign group, said: “It just confirms to me that it’s a foregone conclusion. The county council seem to be jumping the gun.”
But Councillor Anna McNair Scott, executive member for adult social care at Hampshire County Council, said the letters were no indication that any decision had been taken.
She added: “This (process) provides an early opportunity for all those affected by a potential redundancy situation to explore the options available as well as to comment on the proposals.
“Because we always aim to reduce any compulsory job losses, the process includes providing information about voluntary redundancy and our redeployment programme, which helps staff in a potentially redundant situation find alternative roles within the council.”
The county council argues that the £2.3million cost to bring Deeside up to modern standards is too expensive, and proposes to close three other care homes in Hampshire for similar reasons.
Under the plan, some Deeside residents would be moved to Oakridge Care Home, which is being extended. The council also wants to build a second “Extra Care” home in Basingstoke to complement Newman Court, in Gershwin Road, Brighton Hill.
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