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£250m plan for six new care homes

20 May, 2008  

Six new care homes are to be built next to cottage hospitals in Cumbria, UK as part of a £250 million scheme.

The homes will be built at sites in Wigton, Penrith, Brampton, Keswick, Alston and Millom.

The Primary Care Trust is set to submit its plans to health bosses after close consultation with Cumbria County Council.

The plans come after the council carried out its own consultation which identified the need to build homes for older people near community hospitals.

The funding would be made up of £80 million from the government with the rest of the money coming from a mixture of public and private finance.

Bill Wearing, cabinet member for adult social care and health, said: “Taken as a whole, the bid sets out a potential roadmap for massive investment in health and social care in communities right across Cumbria.

“The submission of this outline bid to the Department of Health keeps the door open on an important funding option for the six new homes which councillors can decide upon later in the year.”

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