Council add support to Roddens fight

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Causeway Coast and Glens councillors are backing UNISON as the fight to retain the Roddens Care Home continues.

UNISON Causeway Branch Chairman Paul Madden made an impassioned presentation to council last Tuesday night.

He called for council to respond to the Health and Social Care Board, who have identified the Roddens as one of ten homes for possible closure.

“I am asking council to respond to the proposed closure of the Roddens and also to ask the Minister to lift the admission ban,” said Mr Madden.

“We really need to keep these NHS Care Homes.”

Cllr Darryl Wilson said he was fully supportive of the campaign to save the home.

“Myself and other local councillors have been actively campaigning to save the Roddens since the news broke,” he said.

“This is the only statutory home on the north coast.

“The staff are highly trained and the residents and their families always commend them for the care they provide.

“They give safety and society to the most vulnerable in our society.

“There are ten residential beds at the Roddens in continuous use as well as six respite beds.

“If these are taken away it is going to have an adverse effect on hospitals and the entire area.”

Alderman John Finlay proposed the Northern Trust be invited to hear council’s views on the situation.

Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Cllr Michelle Knight-McQuillan, who was chairing the meeting, confirmed that arrangements were being made to bring representatives of the Trust to a future meeting.

Cllr Philip McGuigan said he would welcome the chance to discuss the ongoing issues in the area with the Northern Trust.

“This is closure by stealth, but it seems to be how the Northern Trust do their business,” he said.

Councillors voted unanimously to back Unison’s proposal.

A notice of motion was also brought to council by Cllr Darryl Wilson and Cllr Joan Baird about the Roddens.

It was given full support by all councillors and will be discussed at the next Corporate Policy and Resources meeting in August.