Flossie Hands loses court battle to `prevent home closing`

An 89-year-old woman has failed in her high court challenge to a
Birmingham Council decision which she claims will lead to the
closure of her residential care home.

Flossie Hands, who has lived at Florence Hammond House in
Bordesley Green, Birmingham, for four years wants the council to
reverse its decision to transfer 30 care homes for older people to
an independent trust.

But Mr Justice Harrison rejected claims that the council had not
consulted adequately or explored alternatives.

Mrs Hands’ daughter Anita Myatt took the court action to seek a
judicial review on her mother’s behalf. She said if the home closed
and her mother was forced to move, it would kill her.

Martin Westgate, representing Mrs Hands, had claimed the case
was covered by the Human Rights Act 1998 in that every citizen had
a right to respect for their home and private life.

But Roger McCarthy, for the council, said there were no plans to
close the home and the transfer was designed to prevent




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