A consultation is to be launched tomorrow seeking views on the proposed closure of two care homes in Derry.

The consultation is focused on proposals by the Western Trust, which if recommended, would result in the closure of the William Street care home and Rectory Field care home in the Waterside in either February or March of next year.

The move was discussed at a meeting of the Western Trust’s board held at Altnaglevin Hospital this morning.

At the meeting, Alan Corry-Finn, Executive Director of Nursing & Director of Primary Care Older Peoples Services, said that under the proposals, both Thackery Place in Limavady and Greenfield Care home in Strabane would remain open.

However, if approved, the proposals will see both William Street care home and Rectory Field care homes cease to take admissions and eventually close.

Mr Corry-Finn told the meeting that the consultation would last for 12 weeks, and a final decision would be made on the future of the Derry care homes in January of next year.

Following approval from the minister, the Trust will roll out the closures, if approved, in February or March of 2016.

However, Mr Corry-Finn was keen to stress at the meeting that no decision had been taken on the future of local care home provision and that the matter would be handled sensitively.

A protest by members of the Unison union (pictured above), which included the independent Derry councillor Gary Donnelly was held outside the meeting this morning.

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