Standing up for Medway’s Social Care


Medway Labour Group have called an emergency public meeting to discuss the proposed closure and privatisation of care services in Medway at Platters Farm, Nelson Court, Robert Bean Lodge and Balfour Day Care Centre. The Meeting will be held at the Corn Exchange in Rochester, on Tuesday 6th December, from 6:30pm – 9:30pm.

The meeting will be an opportunity for service users and their families along with staff, trade unions and other key community stakeholders to come and discuss how we can work together to oppose these Conservative proposals.

The Conservatives are cutting essential care homes and front-line services as a direct result of their fiscal incompetence. The Tories are predicted to overspend by £7.9m on capital and revenue budgets this year alone.

Our most vulnerable are at direct risk because of poor Conservative management of the books.

Medway Labour Group have also called for a special council meeting to attempt to bring a halt to the process before it starts. This meeting is scheduled for Thursday 8th December at St Georges Centre 6:30pm and is open to the public.

Let’s send a clear message that our public services are valued and will not be given up.

Cllr Teresa Murray, Medway Labour’s spokesperson for Adult Health and Social Care said,

“The Tories have tried to push this measure through with little forewarning over the busy Christmas period – but this is such an important issue, people deserve their say. This is why we are making sure this gets the attention it deserves.”

“If the Tories had managed the Council finances better we would not be in this situation. Other Councils are able to invest in services in these tight times because of prudent management”

“A large number of the service users have severe learning difficulties or are elderly residents who need very specific care. It is the least we can ask that we treat them with respect without the fear of constant change of staff and the upheaval this will cause.”