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Hossack back in court, acting for pensioner aged 106

28 September 2009

Yvonne Hossack, the solicitor campaigner cleared of a wide range of disciplinary offences at the SDT earlier this month, is back in at the Court of Appeal tomorrow in a bid to stop Wolverhampton council from closing down a care home.

Hossack, principal of Hossacks in Northamptonshire, campaigns to save care homes from closure. In this case she is acting for one of Britain’s oldest women, aged 106.

“The guys in the home are terribly frail and it is difficult for them to resist pressure from the council,” Hossack said. “Bad news makes them more vulnerable to heart attacks, strokes and viral infections.”

The sole practitioner said the Court of Appeal refused leave to appeal against a decision preventing her from challenging the council’s decision through judicial review.

The court did, however, grant an injunction postponing closure of the home, which will be reviewed tomorrow following the council’s application to discharge it.

Sarah Norman, director for adults and community at Wolverhampton Council, said: “We are confident that the case for the closure of Underhill House residential home has been proven.

“Underhill House was built 40 years ago and no longer meets the national minimum space standards for a residential care home relating to room size and the need for en suite facilities.

“It would cost at least £2m to make the necessary alterations to provide the quality of accommodation older people need. Traditional residential care for those with physical frailty is being replaced with support services which enable people to live in their own homes for longer.”

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