An independent councillor opposing the closure of care homes in County Durham asked whether the decision meant that money was being put before human life.
Councillor Anita Savory addressed the council cabinet as it voted unanimously to close five care homes, at Stanhope, Belmont, Ferryhill, Peterlee and Chester-le-Street.
"If it's fair and just to remove residents out of Weardale, where they have lived all their lives, to a place that's completely alien to them, where they could be alone, insecure and frightened, how can closing this service, which is vital to Weardale be deemed acceptable?
"Is money more important than human life?"
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