McCartney raises future of South Care Homes with Minister
Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has raised concerns with the Health Minister Edwin Poots about the long term future of several care homes in the North West operated by the Southern Cross and also what standby emergency provision plans are currently in place.
Those concerns come following the news that Southern Cross has announced proposals to cut 3,000 jobs out of its workforce of 44,000 staff. And that there could be possible job losses at some of its twenty-six care homes in the North four of which are in the North West.
Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney said
“I felt it was very important to raise this issue directly with the Health Minister Edwin Poots. There is a lot of concern in Derry and indeed throughout the North West about jobs losses and the long term future of homes which are run by the Southern Cross group.It’s also important that the public know what standby emergency provision is in place.
There is a fear that there could be 100 jobs loses at care homes in the North. Relatives of many of those who reside at these homes are very concerned about those job losses and impact that could have on the provision of care for their elderly relatives.
Southern Cross has said the expected cuts are to be completed by October, after a period of consultation with unions. It’s crucial that the relatives of those who are in the care of the Southern Cross are fully informed at every stage of the process how any changes will affect their relatives.