Suspensions at Nazareth House

The Nazareth House in Bishop Street. 1501JM20
The Nazareth House in Bishop Street. 1501JM20

A number of staff at a beleaguered Derry care home have been suspended, it’s emerged.

It’s believed at least three employees at Nazareth House Care Home on Bishop Street are currently suspended and “full disciplinary procedures are being followed.”

The revelation emerged at a meeting which took place earlier this week to discuss the future of elderly residents at the home.

The meeting took place after the ‘Journal’ revealed that up to a dozen residents in the home’s St. Oliver’s Unit have been told they have just weeks to find new accommodation.

The residents must move because they require nursing care which Nazareth House - a residential home - is not registered to provide.

The move follows an inspection of the unit by the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA).

Both Sinn Fein and the SDLP met yesterday with representatives from RQIA to discuss the ongoing situation at Nazareth House.

The SDLP’s Martin Reilly said: “This was a constructive meeting which helped to clarify points. We will continue our efforts to work closely with Nazareth House, the Western Trust and the RQIA to ensure the concerns of families are addressed.”

Patricia Logue, of Sinn Fein, said it was “critical” the rights of residents and their relatives remained “the primary concern.”