‘Belfast Trust lack transparency over Muckamore Abbey abuse’ - Gildernew
Sinn Féin spokesperson for carers Colm Gildernew has accused the Belfast Health Trust of a lack of transparency over its response to allegations of abuse of vulnerable adults at Muckamore Abbey Hospital.
Speaking after the Belfast Trust issues notification of a cross-party briefing tomorrow on the situation at the Muckamore site, the Fermanagh South Tyrone MLA commented:
“The response from the Belfast Trust to my efforts seeking clarity on the issues at Muckamore is simply unacceptable.
"There is little clarity from the Trust as to what information will be shared with the families or the public, about how the abuse of adults with learning disability took place.
"The Belfast Trust has responded to our insistence in recent weeks for transparency on this matter by calling a meeting tomorrow morning.
"Families deserve answers. They have already waited a year for the Serious Adverse Incident (SAI) report to be completed but as yet have not been given copies of the report.
"There are clearly issues with how the SAI process functions, particularly how it involves patients and their families and how it demonstrates learning to those within the system and the wider public.
"Oversight and management structures must involve families and carers more actively across residential and nursing home settings moving forward.
"Furthermore the lack of transparency in the Belfast Trust's response to what happened in Muckamore Abbey requires consideration to be given to other ways of getting to the truth and implementing learning to improve safeguarding.
"This is no more than patients and families in Muckamore deserve.
"Its also important in ensuring this situation does not happen again.
"I will be pushing the Belfast Trust on the need for transparency very strongly tomorrow.”