Care homes row: Union protest at Trust Board meeting

Protestors at the Western Trust Board meeting this morning.
Protestors at the Western Trust Board meeting this morning.

Members of Unison gathered at the MDEC building in Altnagelvin Hospital this morning to protest against the Western Trust’s plans to put the future of Derry’s residential homes out for consultation.

Standing outside the building before the start of the Trust’s monthly meeting Joe McCusker, Unison, explained they had come to protest against the closure of William Street and Rectory Field homes in the City of Derry.

“These are the only two NHS homes in the city of Derry and today the board is going to look and take the decision to approve going out to consultation to close those homes,” he said.

“Over the past number of years this seems to have been led by transforming your care and it feels like a rubber stamping exercise. but we will continue our campaign to stop these closures.

“Families and residents are extremely worried. And we have to ask what will happen future generations who require residential care in the city of Derry. There will be no statutory provision is this goes ahead and the homes are closed.

“What is the option for people who require residential care in the future?

“I would ask the board to think of the implication of having no residential care for future generations, reflect on it, be brave and reverse that decision.”