A number of politicans have voiced their concerns over the way in which the Transforming Your Care programme is being managed.
They come on the back of comments from the Health Minister Edwin Poots, who, when questioned about the way in which the situation had been handled up to now, admitted that “certainly the handling of this has been disastrous and I accept that.”
SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan, speaking in relation to proposals for the William Street and Rectory Field residential homes in Derry, said; “The proposed closure of these homes by the Western Trust betrays a policy deficit of care. A policy which was supposed to be about 50% now seems to have become a race for closure.”
Additionally, Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Maeve McLaughlin joined with other Sinn Féin members of the Assembly Health Committee, in calling on the Health Minister to suspend the decision to close care homes until there is proper consultation.
She said, “These announcements to close all the homes have come out of the blue and it is obvious that the rights of the elderly residents and their families have not been taken on board.”