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HSE managers to remain unaccountable – Ó Caoláin

16 July, 2010 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Commenting on the decision of the HSE not to discipline or censure any management figures in the wake of the HIQA report on foster care, Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said:

“It beggars belief that no action is to be taken by the HSE against management in the two Dublin areas where HIQA found massive management failures that endangered children. HSE managers are to remain unaccountable. That is totally unacceptable.

“The HIQA report clearly exposes neglect by managers, in contrast to the efforts of social workers who brought concerns to the attention of management but were not listened to. HIQA has identified the ‘lack of recognition at senior management level that child care regulations exist to safeguard and protect vulnerable children’.

“Questions must also be answered about the HSE agreement with IMPACT dating from 2001 which effectively allowed a situation to continue where Children First guidelines were not implemented.” ENDS

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