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DORRELL'S FATHER WAS CARED FOR IN HOME UP FOR CLOSURE

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Demonstrations were held yesterday in protest at Hereford and Worcester CC's plans to close four homes for the elde...
Demonstrations were held yesterday in protest at Hereford and Worcester CC's plans to close four homes for the elderly, including one where the late father of health secretary Stephen Dorrell received care, reports The Birmingham Post (p3).

Mr Dorrell's father used to visit St Stephen's in Worcester for day care once a week in the two years up to his death last November. His widow has praised the home and said she is prepared to sign a petition opposing its closure.

Mr Dorrell has said it would be improper for him to intervene in the proposed closure although he has asked his officials to look into the case, The Post reports.

Hereford and Worcester says it cannot afford to repair the homes and closing them would save money which could be used to refurbish 15 of the remaining 18 homes.
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