The announcement that Four Seasons Health Care is to close seven care homes across the country, including one in Garvagh is disconcerting; the imminent closures are a crisis.
Health and social care for older and vulnerable adults is an important service; I can only begin to imagine how distressing this announcement must be to the patients and staff that are affected.
I welcome the news that statutory care homes closures have been halted, and hope this is a permanent decision, and not just a temporary fix from the Health Minister.
The financial problems within Four Seasons Health Care are a major concern and emphasises how clearly the care sector is in desperate need of funds. The Executive needs to increase its financial aid to local authorities to cover the cost of elderly care.
Last week’s ‘Fresh Start’ agreement set aside £240m to mitigate the impact of tax credit cuts which are no longer happening, can’t some of this money be used to provide a much needed cash injection into care for our elderly and vulnerable adults?
Steven Parkhill – UKIP Assembly Candidate for East Londonderry