Derry City Council have asked Health Minister Edwin Poots to reconsider his decision to close Slievemore Nursing Unit.
The decision was made at the monthly meeting of the Council’s regional services committee on Tuesday following a presentation to councillors by Jane Dunton of the Save Slievemore Group.
Mrs Dunton gave an update of the campaign to date and said they have secured a meeting with Minister Poots which they hope will take place in the unit.
She also asked councillors to put pressure on the health minister. “We are asking you for your support. We want to keep people in Slievemore Nursing Unit because we believe it is a centre of excellence for dementia care,” she said.
SDLP councillor Angela Dobbins said her party have been supportive of the campaign. “Our SDLP MLAs and MP have been in contact with Minister Poots and have been asking him for a meeting so I am glad that he has now agreed to that.
“Having had a family member who was in Slievemore I share the concerns of the families of the six residents and give my support,” she said.
Sinn Féin colr. Tony Hassan proposed writing to the health minister to ask him to reconsider the move to close the unit. “I want to make a proposal that we ask the minister to look at Slievemore in the same way he is looking at residential homes and suspend the closure further dialogue takes place,” he said.
UUP alderman Mary Hamilton said; “I had two friends who were in that unit and I know the level of care they received. I would like to give every support I can to this campaign and I thank them for their efforts to date.”