Despite claims from the public that they have been turned down by the Northern Health & Social Care Trust to get admitted as a resident to Westlands residential home, the trust state that there is a diminishing demand.
According To The Recent Northern Trust Performance Report, 82 Operations Were Called Off On The Day The Operation Was Due To Take Place. Two Tirds Of These Was Due To No Bed Being Available For The Patient
THE recent threat of mass closure of our Residential Homes is only the start.
This 'U Turn' from Minister Poots is only a short reprieve and the Minister is still planning to close over 50% of our Residential Homes over the coming months while slowly closing the rest via a non-admission policy.
We need to fight our services and show that the best place for helping those who need it is within our NHS.
There will be public meetings:
Cookstown Leisure Centre, Tuesday 21st May at 7pm
The Braid, Ballymena, Thursday 23rd May at 7pm
Mossley Mill, Newtonabbey, Tuesday 28th May at 7pm
Larne Leisure Centre, Wednesday 29th May at 7pm
Clarion Hotel, Carrickfergus, Thursday 30th May at 7pm
In regards to the statutory residential homes, Edwin Poots was able to stop these closures as he was directly responsible for all service changes as per Transforming Your Care.
Read more to see how Westlands Residential Home was Nearly Removed 4 Months After Transforming Your Care Consultation
Read more to see letter from Edwin Poots to residents
"Antrim A&E Still In Trouble Throws Doubt to The Turn Around Teams Ability To Turn Antrim A&E Performance Around" Save The Mid
"Antrim A&E Not Only Failed To See 95% of Patients In Under 4 Hours, It Failed To See 95% in Under 12 Hours" Save The Mid
"Criagavon A&E shows its performance is falling, 1/3 of all patients had to wait between 4-12 hours for treatment" Save The Mid
In a freedom of information released to Save The Mid it shows that since 2009 there have been 1,647 death in A&E's in Northern Ireland, the top worst 3 A&Es are:
One of the main aims of this FOI was to determine if there was a material change in the amount of reported A&E deaths following changes in A&E.
This was found to be true in the removal of A&E services from Mid Ulster & Whiteabbey Hospitals in 2010 and Belfast City Hospital in Nov 2011.
The study also found high death rates in A&Es where perfomance has not been a focal issue, for the last full year, 2012, the worst ranking A&E's in Northern Ireland for death rates were (per 10,000 attendances):
On Wed 22nd May the Turnaround Team that recently reviewed Antrim Area Hospital will be giving evidence to the Health Committee, Save The Mid will be aiding MLA's in questioning the turnaround team.
For more information or pre-release information on this study contact Hugh , email@example.com, the full study on A&E deaths will be released on the 22nd May 2012.
More Consultation with Care Home Residents Crucial
Date: Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Reference: HSPSS 09/12/13
The Assembly's Health Committee has today called for the Minister to work more constructively with residents of residential care homes and follow advice from Claire Keatinge, the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland.
At its meeting today the Committee agreed to write to the Department of Health, asking for clarification on a number of issues highlighted by the Commissioner at a meeting with Committee members earlier in the week.
The Committee also agreed to write to the Office of the First Minister/deputy First Minister to see whether their responsibility for older people extends to having some oversight role in respect of care homes.
Chairperson of the Health Committee, Sue Ramsey MLA said: "This whole episode around the decisions to close most residential care homes has demonstrated the problems that occur when proper consultation does not take place.
"While we are pleased that the Minister has put a stop to the imminent closure of these homes and that regional guidance is being developed, we are also very concerned at the distress being caused to vulnerable older people and their families. This is a situation that must not arise again.
"There are a number of issues that we will raise with the Minister and the Department. Specifically we wish to know whether the advice that the Minister received from the Commissioner for Older People more than a year ago was passed onto the Board and the Trusts.
"We also would like to be assured that the Minister will follow Ms Keatinge's advice and write to all current residents in Trust run care homes advising them of the current situation. Finally we want to be sure that training will be given to front line staff in terms of discussing options with residents.
"This issue will not go away and, as a Committee, we will be asking for updates from the Minister, Department and Board to ensure that we provide certainty for our older people."
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