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UNISON branch secretary Kim Hall told the Times; “You saw the news reports and media coverage over the last number of weeks on the homes closures and the emotional distress and upset this caused the residents of the homes and their relatives.
“All the residents that were interviewed stated that this was their home and they wanted to stay where they are. These are peoples’ homes and they should have a choice where they live. Closing these homes leaves them with no choice.
“The Health Minister’s plans are purely policy driven – that is the policy of privatising residential care. The closures are not based on the clinical need or the quality of life of residents but rather a desire to withdraw from NHS residential care provision for the most vulnerable in our society regardless of the impact on residents.
“We want support to oppose the home closures and the privatisation of residential care and to lobby the Health Minister to retain and build upon NHS Residential Care for existing residents.”