Urgent need to plan for ageing population - McLaughlin
Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has said there is an urgent need for strategic planning to meet the needs of an ageing population.
Ms McLaughlin said;
"The announcement that seven homes are to close will no doubt cause shock and anxiety for the residents involved, their families and the staff at the homes.
"I have been in contact with a number of families whose loved ones are currently residents of these care homes and they are obviously concerned.
"I would call on the company to keep residents and their families, as well as staff, up to date with the latest developments in the coming days and weeks.
"This highlights the need for strategic planning in the health service to deal with our ageing population in a manner which meets their needs and ensures adequate levels of care are in place."