Campaigners take protest to William St

Unison held a meeting on Wednesday to help prevent the closure of the Rectory Field Home and William street Residential home. Speaking at the meeting were left to right Alan Philson, joint branch secretary UNISON foyle Branch, Goretti Horgan, community activist, Joe MeCusker, UNISON Regional organiser and Anne Donnelly, Chairperson of the Derry Education Board. 180915CG
Unison held a meeting on Wednesday to help prevent the closure of the Rectory Field Home and William street Residential home. Speaking at the meeting were left to right Alan Philson, joint branch secretary UNISON foyle Branch, Goretti Horgan, community activist, Joe MeCusker, UNISON Regional organiser and Anne Donnelly, Chairperson of the Derry Education Board. 180915CG

Campaigners are to hold a white line picket outside the William Street Residential Home, protesting against Western Trust plans to close the facility.

At a public meeting hosted by Unison on Wednesday night, furious local people said that although the Western Trust was consulting on the closure, they believed it would be just a “rubber stamping” exercise that would lead to the closure of the last two remaining NHS residential homes in Derry - in William Street and Rectory Field on the Limavady Road.

Joe McCusker from Unison appealed to local people to attend a rally in Stormont on September 28th at 11 a.m. where they will appeal to MLAs to ‘Protect Our Elders.’

However he also made a commitment that a separate protest would be held outside William Street home.

“No one from the Western Trust has visited William Street to ask the residents what they think,” he said.

“There’s already a plan to move Foyleville Day Care into William Street. We can save these homes if your voices are heard.

“We are told this is all part of Transforming Your Care and people want looked after in their own homes, we support that, but there are still people who require residential care.

Goretti Horgan, community activist said that 87 per cent of all domiciliary care visits are now only for 15 minutes.

“It’s disgraceful. What can you do in 15 minutes?

“This is about privatising.”