Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has expressed concern at the proposal from the Western Trust to cease admissions at William Street and Rectory Field care homes.
“The Western Trust has confirmed they have now been asked to proceed with the proposal to cease admissions to William Street and Rectory Field Care homes.
“This is very disappointing news and will create fear and anxiety among the residents of these homes, their families and loved ones.
“I and other Sinn Féin representatives stood with the residents and their supporters on the street when the proposals to close these homes or limit admissions were first announced almost two years ago.
“Since then we have continued to support the residents and their families.
“The reality is we have an ageing population and we have to plan for that to ensure we have adequate facilities for older people.
“The Trust have said they will now carry out a consultation process on these proposals and I would encourage as many people as possible to take part and have their say.”