WEST Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle is scheduled to meet the Western Health and Social Care Trust over renewed concerns for the future of Greenfield Residential Care Home.
“Unlike 2008, there is currently no specific proposal on the table to close Greenfield,” Mrs Boyle said ahead of the meeting later this month.
“However, over recent months there have been increasing concerns expressed to me and to other local elected representatives that the Trust is endeavouring to close the home by stealth, that is to incrementally run it down through a reduction in residential and respite admissions.
“I contacted the Trust in relation to these concerns early last month and as a result of these representations will now be meeting with its Assistant Director Aidan Gordon on Thursday September 27 to further discuss the matters involved.
“Local concerns over the future of Greenfield have been further reinforced by Recommendation 10 of the ‘Transforming Your Care’ report (commissioned by Health Minister Edwin Poots) which proposes “a major reduction in residential accommodation for older people over the next five years”.
“Given that occupancy trends would undoubtedly be considered a key factor in determining which residential accommodation remains open in such a scenario, I will be seeking evidence and assurances from Aidan Gordon that no attempt is, or will be, made to artificially manufacture the closure of Greenfield,” Mrs Boyle added.