Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has welcomed the announcement that Older Persons Commissioner Claire Keatinge is to hold a review into the regulations of care homes.
Ms. McLaughlin said,
“We have an aging population so we need to make sure that quality of care in our homes is paramount and all the patients are protected and respected.
“There have been examples where care has failed and regulation has been slow and sometimes less than effective in addressing the problems in these homes and in domiciliary care.
“We need to move to society that protects and upholds the rights and entitlements of our elderly population
“This review must also examine protections for whistleblowers who quite often are often neglected are isolated due to coming forward.
“I look forward to seeing the recommendations from the review and working with the Commissioners to ensure that they are implemented as soon as possible.”