The HSE’s Chief Officer for Community Health in the West Tony Canavan has said that the closure of hostels for people with mental health difficulties is likely to happen in County Roscommon.
Speaking during a radio interview with Shannonside FM, Mr Canavan also said that the timing of any hostel closure is something they would have to look at very closely.
“People need to get the idea into their minds that it (closures) is something that will take place over a number of years” said Mr Canavan.
There had been widespread speculation last week that Willow Grove and Renbrack Centre in Boyle would close following a meeting held with staff on Wednesday 5th.
The HSE subsequently denied the closures in a statement issued to Boyletoday.com saying:
Meanwhile the partner of one of the service users in the Willow Grove centre has told Boyletoday.com that no contact has taken place as yet with them about a closure but that “we heard that they will be getting in touch with the clients and families that use the facility before any decision is made”.