UNISON: ‘Stop home closures’

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Health union UNISON is calling for support for a series of public meetings opposing the closure of residential care homes for the elderly in Ballymoney and Ballycastle.

Members of the union addressed a meeting of Ballymoney Borough Council seeking support for their planned meetings in Ballymoney Town Hall on Monday 3rd June at 7pm; in Ballycastle Recreation Centre on Tuesday 4th June at 7pm and in Coleraine Leisure Centre on Wednesday 5th June at 7pm.

UNISON branch secretary told the Times: “UNISON is asking for commitment to support us in opposing the closure of elderly residential care homes in Rathmoyle in Ballycastle and the Roddens in Ballymoney.

“You may be of the view that the planned closure of Residential Care Homes has been stopped by the Health Minister Edwin Poots. However I can tell you that this is only a temporary reprieve.

“Speaking in the Assembly on May 7th, the Health Minister stated that the process for closing the homes had been stopped and not the policy of homes closure. The Minister made it clear to the assembly that Elderly Residential Homes are still earmarked for closure – that closure of the homes would happen over a longer period of time - three to five years.”