MLA issues care home call

Robin Swann. Editorial image.

Robin Swann. Editorial image.

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Local MLA Swann says whoever is appointed Health Minister next month must intervene on residential care home admissions.

His comment came on Monday after it emerged that Jim Wells had resigned from the role.

Mr Swann said Mr Wells’ successor after May 11 must “lift the ban on care homes in the NHSCT area admitting new permanent residents”.

He said the future of such homes, including Pinewood in Ballymena, “has always been dependent on the non-admissions policy being lifted”, adding: “without the ability to admit new residents, closure remains inevitable”.