Eight people found dead in a year at Gloucester B&B for vulnerable people – because of funding cuts

Dorchester House, in Gloucester.

No doubt some of you are already preparing to comment that perhaps the managers are to blame, rather than the lack of funds.

We can only comment on the information provided to us, and there is no evidence to suggest misbehaviour or mismanagement on the part of the authorities at Dorchester House.

Besides, Lynn Horsley is the one who brought the deaths to public attention.

Also: We know there have been swingeing cuts in the amount of money provided for social care.

So these are a further eight deaths – in the last year – that we can chalk up to Conservative social policy.

How many must there be before the United Kingdom, as a nation, says, “Enough”?

Eight vulnerable people have died in a house in Gloucester for people who have become “socially excluded” in the past year.

Dorchester House, in Denmark Road, takes in people who are struggling with substance abuse, mental illness or poor housing.

Now the manager of the B&B is blaming spending cuts for the tragedies.

Lynn Horsley has spoken out about the worrying death rate among guests after finding the body of a man in his room two days after Christmas.

She says more deaths are inevitable unless more public money is made available to support the kind of people she accommodates at the B&B.

The level of support required by some of her guests is beyond what she is able to give, she said.

Source: Eight people found dead in the past year at Gloucester B&B for vulnerable people – Gloucestershire Live

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2 thoughts on “Eight people found dead in a year at Gloucester B&B for vulnerable people – because of funding cuts

  1. NMac

    I am sure the staff of this shelter do their best. The blame lies fairly and squarely with the nasty, evil Tories.

  2. rotzeichen

    Thank you for raising this issue, I will pass it on to the newly selected Labour candidate for Gloucester.

    I live in the City, and did not know about this , although being involved with the homeless before Christmas we know of two homeless peoples deaths, someone sleeping rough woke up the next morning to find a young girl had died in the night. I don’t know the details of the other case, the homeless tell us that this is not unusual.

    What anyone taking the trouble to meet and talk to these people know is just how vulnerable they are and how close they are to taking their own lives. The despair they suffer is patently visible.

    One lady I met whilst manning our stall, the Red Shed, is an artist with psychological problems, because she was homeless, a local art exhibition refused to let her exhibit her art, which profoundly depressed her making her illness worse to bear. She wanted to help herself through her art, and the sort of outlet that could have helped in her predicament shut her out, these people don’t ask for much, but it seems to be too much in today’s society.

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