Leading politicians in Northern Ireland have held talks with the regulator over the planned closure of a County Antrim care home.

The talks last week followed the announced closure of The Model Care Home in Ballymoney after the RQIA raised “serious concerns” about its registration.

DUP MP Ian Paisley told the Belfast Telegraph: “I have for the past two days been in contact with RQIA and have asked to meet with them to establish a process where the excellent care home would not have to close.

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“The issues around closure are to do with financial structure of the business which is unique and not the level of care of standard of the home which is excellent.

“If this home were to close it would reduce a rural service significantly in Ballymoney and force families and residents to move away. There is an alternative course of action that must be found.”

A spokesman for the RQIA said: “As a result of serious concerns in relation to the registration status of The Model Care Home, Ballymoney, and an absence of assurances around its financial arrangements, on June 13 2022, RQIA made a successful application to a Justice of the Peace to cancel the registration of this service.

“RQIA acknowledges that this is a very difficult time for residents and families of The Model Care Home, and its staff. At present we are working closely with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, who are engaging with residents and their families directly affected by these circumstances.”

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