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Sinn Féin highlighted the poor standard of some nursing homes in January

13 August, 2008 - by Michelle O'Neill


Sinn Féin highlighted the poor standard of some nursing homes in January

Commenting on today's reports in the media that two care workers have revealed the poor standard of care in some nursing homes across the North; Sinn Féin MLA and Health Committee Vice Chair Michele O'Neil has said that the Minister for Health must explain why the Regulatory and Quality Improvement Authority has not taken action against those care homes found seriously wanting when it comes to the care of our older people.

Ms O'Neil said,

"My party comrade John O'Dowd, in a written question the Minister in January, highlighted the very real concerns around the standard of care in some nursing homes and asked that action be taken. The fact that these two workers have felt the need to break ranks and tell of some of the appalling conditions in which many of our older people are left indicates quite clearly the Regulatory and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) isn't exercising it's ability to prosecute care homes which do not meet the necessary standards.

At a time when people are becoming increasingly concerned around the care provided to their loved ones, as well as growing fears regarding viruses such as C-Difficile, it is imperative that the Minister for Health Michael McGimpsey brings the RQIA to book on why they have not taken effective action to protect our older people who are in care homes.

Today's reports in the media are truly disturbing and the onus must now be on ensuring that older citizens in these homes are given the highest possible standard of care, they deserve nothing less."

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