Slievemore staff worry over ongoing ‘uncertainty’

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Staff at Derry’s Slievemore Nursing Unit which was due to close today said the ongoing debate over the future of the unit has left them “deeply unsettled” about their future.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’ one staff member said they had been ‘left in the dark’ over their future after the unit was given a temporary stay of execution last week by Health Minister Edwin Poots.

The woman, who did not want to be named, said: “While we are fully supportive of the families of our residents, we are left in the precarious position of not knowing where we stand.

“We have met with HR, four weeks ago, to discuss our options and we were to know the outcome of those meetings within two weeks. We have heard nothing - and we are worried about the implications the delay may have for us.

“Will we still have jobs when this is resolved?”

A spokesperson from the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) said: “The Western Trust acknowledges that this is, understandably, a difficult time for staff based in Slievemore Nursing Unit. The Trust has been meeting with staff and their Trade Union representatives on a regular basis and this process will continue.

“We encourage any staff member who has a concern or question in relation to their individual position to contact their manager or HR to seek advice. This can also be done through their Trade Union representatives.”