Delegates at GMB’s Annual Congress in Bournemouth heard about The Green care home in Leeds which faces an uncertain future on the 8th June. The GMB represents staff who work at the home. The Congress called on Leeds City Council not to close the care home and displace the vulnerable residents.
Cindy Gavin, GMB delegate from Yorkshire & North Derbyshire Region told Congress: 'Over 4000 people have signed an online petition calling for The Green to be saved and hundreds of people have protested and supported a paper petition instigated by East Leeds Labour MP Richard Burgon.'
Speaking at the Conference, I told the GMB,
'The GMB is doing the right thing by service users, families, staff and the local community by campaigning to save The Green care home in Seacroft in East Leeds. The Conservative Government’s ruthless cuts have hit Leeds City Council hard, but we believe that good quality council-run care homes for elderly local residents have to be an absolute priority.
The Care Quality Commission has confirmed that The Green provides better quality care than private sector competitors – including the privately run care home right next door to it. The staff are doing a great job and residents are happy there. I was in The Green the other week, talking with residents, including a 103 year old resident called Dorothy, who used to have a hairdressers’ shop in town.
Turfing out Dorothy and her fellow residents and sending them to an inferior care home they don’t want to go to would be a travesty. And we need to keep The Green open for future residents too. I hope Leeds City Council will work with local people who have loved ones in The Green, GMB and myself to keep The Green open and in public hands.'