Public service union NIPSA has criticised the Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT) for “effectively serving eviction notices on elderly residents.”
The Trust has announced four residential homes - Rectory Field and William Street in Derry, Thackeray Place in Limavady and Greenfield in Strabane - are to close. More than 70 residents currently live in the affected homes.
Alison Millar, NIPSA Deputy General Secretary said: “While not unexpected given the announcements last week it is an absolute disgrace that the Western Trust and seeking to effectively evict 73 residents from their homes.
“NIPSA believes that irrespective of the outcome of any public consultation the Trust and the Health Minister have already decided and will try and force through closures of these residential homes and move these elderly residents mainly to the private sector.”
She said the union will fight the closure plans.
“It is a disgrace that these vulnerable adults are being treated in this manner – they are seen as just a commodity that if it no longer suits the Trust Delivery Plan can effectively be gotten rid off. Is this how the Trust Board members, the Senior Management and the Health Minister wants to treat our older population.
“NIPSA will be fighting all of these unnecessary cuts across all Trust areas. We will be linking with other trade unions, community groups, the residents of the facilities and wider society to ensure these decisions are reversed and our elderly citizens are treated with respect and dignity.”