Poots won’t confirm if he’ll visit care home

The Health Minister is refusing to say whether or not he’ll take up an invitation to visit a Limavady care home under threat of closure, writes Sheena Jackson.

Thackeray Place employs 36 full- and part-time staff and is run by the Western Trust. It’s one of four local homes under review.

Edwin Poots has been invited to meet with Limavady Council and families whose loved ones live at Thackeray. He’s refused to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the invite, stating: “I recently called a halt to the previous Trust processes on consultation regarding closure of statutory residential care homes for older people. The Health and Social Care Board will now lead on a new process for consultation. It would not be appropriate, at this time, to discuss any of the statutory homes which may be part of this process until the consultation has run its course.”

The Trust also revealed Thackeray is “still accepting residents, at this time”.