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Misery over Garvagh care home could have been avoided – McCandless

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Ulster Unionist Councillor William McCandless has said that the sale of the previous Four Seasons care home in Garvagh demonstrates that the original announcement that it was to close was ‘premature and entirely avoidable’.

William McCandless said: “I am delighted that it now appears the future of the Garvagh care home has been secured. This will come as good news for the more than 50 residents and 80 staff that would have been affected, and I am sure there will be a lot of relieved families in the Garvagh area this Christmas as a result of the sale.

“I am deeply dissatisfied however that the situation even arose in the first place. It is becoming increasingly clear to me that Four Seasons rushed into announcing its closure, which then triggered the inevitable turmoil for the families of residents and staff, before properly exploring all the other options.

“We were told the home in Garvagh was closing because it wasn’t viable, yet the sale of it to another care home provider very clearly demonstrates that it was. The Ulster Unionist Party has been in contact with the Managing Director of Four Seasons in Northern Ireland demanding to know what efforts were made in advance to try to sell the business as a going concern.

“If it is confirmed that publicly announcing a closure was the only option considered, possibly even in the hope of securing a quick sale, that would be outrageous and would confirm that no regard or respect was shown for the residents and staff. Whilst I do welcome the sale, it appears to me that it could have been achieved without inflicting weeks of misery.”

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