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Ashbrooke patients must be rehomed with least distress possible – Michelle Gildernew

22 August, 2017 - by Michelle Gildernew


Michelle Gildernew MP has announced that she will lead a Sinn Féin delegation to meet the Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT) to discuss plans to relocate patients from the controversial Ashbrooke Care Home.

The Fermanagh South Tyrone MP was speaking after she called today on the WHSCT to ensure that patients in Ashbrooke are rehomed as close to their families as possible and with the least amount of distress.

Michelle Gildernew said:

“I’ve been in contact with senior RQIA (Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority) and WHSCT staff regarding the closure of Ashbrooke Care Home.

“The emerging picture of neglect of vulnerable patients is both heartbreaking and infuriating.

“Obviously, this is a particularly distressing time for both patients and their families.

“I commend the actions of RQIA who assessed the situation at Ashbrooke Care Home and acted with immediate effect to de-register the home because the health and wellbeing of patients was at serious risk.

“Everybody, and especially the most vulnerable in our society, have rights which must be upheld.

“I have put a number of questions to the WHSCT on this matter and have called on them to ensure that patients and their families are communicated with effectively going forward.

“I have been assured by the WHSCT that patients and their families are the Trust’s primary concern. 

“They have installed a 24-hour senior management presence now to the care home until residents are satisfactorily rehomed.

“I will be leading a Sinn Féin delegation to meet the WHSCT to discuss what went wrong and how lessons learnt can ensure this never happens again. However, the priority now is getting these people the care they deserve without adding to the stress of this situation.”

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