Consultation on the future of residential care homes - including two in Derry - is to begin in October, the Health and Social Care Board has said.
The announcement was made this week, several months after an initial attempt to begin a consultation process across Northern Ireland by the north’s health and social care Trusts was branded a “fiasco”.
In May of this year residents in four care homes in the Western Trust area, William Street and Rectory Field in Derry, Thackeray Place in Limavady and Greenfield in Strabane, were informed their homes could be closed under Transforming Your Care proposals.
However Minister Poots was forced to intervene following a massive public outcry, and he stripped the Trusts of their decision making powers pending a review of how the process would be handled.
The HSCB has now announced they are ready to beging the consultation process again, with the first stage in a two part process, due to begin in October of this year.
Care homes could find out their fate as early as February 2014.