Care Home Closures

Part of Question for Urgent Oral Answer — Health, Social Services and Public Safety – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 4:00 pm on 30th November 2015.

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Photo of Simon Hamilton Simon Hamilton DUP 4:00 pm, 30th November 2015

It depends. I know that the Member has taken an interest in the issue because he tabled a question for written answer to me about it.

Our job is to work with others, including Four Seasons, to get appropriate accommodation for residents. We will seek to find similar accommodation in the vicinity so that people can move with a minimum amount of disruption. As I mentioned in my response to Mr Middleton, it may be the case that, out of personal choice, some residents want to go somewhere that perhaps has a different or higher standard of care and, as such, attracts an additional payment. That is a matter for residents and their families to decide on. The assurance that I am giving is that, where they are moving to similar suitable accommodation, people will not be out of pocket as a result.