The Workers Party has pledged its support for the campaign to keep two Belfast NHS residential care homes open. Pine Lodge in the east of the city and Chestnut Grove in north Belfast are among ten homes across Northern Ireland being considered for closure under proposals contained in the ‘Transforming Your Care’ document.
Party representatives Lily Kerr and Christopher Bailie said Party members would be joining the demonstration at Stormont on September 28th to demand a reversal of the closure plans.
‘It is very important that we remember why these homes have been targeted for closure’ , Lily said. ‘It is because they are seen as a quick an easy way to save money.
This has nothing to do with improved care for older people. These are the financially driven decisions – not of the Tories at Westminster – but of MLAs at Stormont’, Lily said.