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Swann slams Health Minister’s ‘Slap in the Teeth’ to Roddens and Pinewood Care Homes

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Roddens Care Home, Ballymoney
Roddens Care Home, Ballymoney

Mr Robin Swann, the North Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA and Constituency Chairman, has slammed the Sinn Fein Health Minister’s attitude towards the residents, relatives and staff of the Roddens and Pinewood care homes as “a right slap in the teeth” after the Minister publicly refused to meet them.

Assemblyman Swann, the UUP Chief Whip and Chairman of the Stormont Public Accounts Committee, also expressed his “extreme disappointment after the Sinn Fein Health Minister refused to meet me and concerned residents and staff, and it took a second request for a meeting before this public refusal came”.

Assemblyman Swann added: “I have noted press releases from her North Antrim colleague asking for a similar meeting. I took his copying of my work as a sign of support rather than imitation.

“Maybe he will have a better response than I did, as it is an apparent dereliction of the Sinn Fein Health Minister’s responsibility and duty.”

Mr Swann had originally asked the Minister: “Can I request a meeting with a number of constituents to discuss the future of the Roddens and Pinewood Homes in North Antrim, and specifically the removal on the ban of permanent admissions.”

However, the Minister responded stating: “I must decline your invitation for a meeting at this time, as the process on the review of statutory residential care homes is still under consideration.”

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