COOKSTOWN Ulster Unionist Councillor Trevor Wilson has demanded assurances on the future of the Westland Care Home in Cookstown.
In a statement following the Health Minister’s announcement that he had withdrawn all powers from health and social care trusts to close state run care homes, Councillor Wilson said: “The recent furore over the proposed closure of residential care homes by the Health Trusts has created a great deal of concern and anguish for many people involved with the Westland home in Cookstown, whether residents, relatives or staff.
“Following the public outcry, I welcome the fact that the Health Minister appears to have performed a u-turn on this issue and rowed back from the position of closures.
“However, we still need firm assurances from the powers that be, whether that is the Minister, or the Trusts, that the money will be made available to keep Westland open.
Councillor Wilson concluded: “This is no less than the residents deserve. They have suffered enough and this surely is not too much to ask?”