Rhondda AM Leanne Wood has spoken out against a Labour local authority’s controversial plans to change care home provision.
Ms Wood said RCT County Borough Council’s consultation on changes to the residential and day care services were dressed up as ‘modernisation’ but were really “an exercise in outsourcing services to the private sector.”
She is now encouraging people to take part in the consultation to make their feelings known.
“In the Rhondda, the residential care provided at care homes in Pentre, Treorci, Gelli, Trealaw, Porth and Ferndale are all under ‘review,’” said Ms Wood.
“To cut through more jargon, being under review means they are under threat. There is also a separate consultation on day services provided at Ferndale and Gelli. There are other services affected by these plans across RCT.
“We have to ask – isn’t this really more of an exercise in outsourcing services to the private sector? Plaid Cymru is opposed to a reduction of services provided to older people, especially when it being done in this manner i.e. privatisation.
“Typically, the two consultations try to steer respondents in a particular direction. I’m sure people will remember that we’ve been here before with RCT consultations such as with their plans to reduce nursery school provision.
“To counter this, I would urge everyone taking part to submit their own letter to the consultation process. You can do this by emailing email@example.com.”
She added: “There will also be drop-in event at the Rhondda Sports Centre in Ystrad on 13th March between 2pm and 8pm. A large presence there would go some way to making this Labour cabinet rethink their plans.”