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Adams questions Minister on Laytown Nursing Home

23 June, 2011 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Gerry Adams has expressed his “very real concerns at the allegations that have arisen in respect of the Creevelea nursing homes in Laytown. The situation in Creevelea and the recent controversy around Rostrevor Nursing Home in Dublin, which was formally closed today by court order, raise understandable worries among many citizens about the conditions in private nursing homes and the regulations under which they operate.”

Mr. Adams raised the issue of Creevelea nursing home during Order of Business in the Dáil on Wednesday.

The Sinn Fein leader said: “I am sure the Taoiseach agrees that people with friends, parents or partners in private nursing homes are concerned. This sector is very much in the public eye after the fair deal controversy.”

Gerry Adams TD has submitted a detailed series of Dáil Questions (PQs) to the Minister of Health on Creevelea.

Mr. Adams said:

“The reports of events and conditions in Creevelea Nursing home make distressing reading.

“In the current court case there have been serious allegations that the heating system was broken or insufficient, and that residents were at grave risk of hypothermia; that the nursing home was ‘not clean’; had insufficient food for residents and that the HIQA has real concerns about the lack of governance, staff training and clinical management.

“I am also concerned that it has taken at least 15 months for the HIQA to take the operators of Creevelea to court.”

The Louth and East Meath TD added:

“The Fair Deal debacle caused enormous upset to thousands of families across the state. The Rostrevor case and the Creevelea situation will have added significantly to this. The issue of Private Nursing Homes; their cost; and the conditions for residents are matters of considerable public disquiet and concern.”

Note to editor: Dáil Questions (PQs) submitted by Louth and East Meath TD Gerry Adams.

To ask the Minister for Health and Children how many visits were made by HIQA to Creevelea Nursing home, on what date(s)?

Gerry Adams TD

To ask the Minister for Health and Children whether the owners of the Creevelea Nursing Home were advised in writing, by email or in person of concerns by HIQA and when was this done; what undertakings were previously given by the owners of the Creevelea Nursing Home to HIQA?

Gerry Adams TD

To ask the Minister for Health and Children whether previous court proceedings were taken by HIQA against the registered operators of Creevelea Nursing Home and if so when; what follow up did HIQA undertake as a result of the earlier court proceedings?

Gerry Adams TD

To ask the Mininster for Health and Children whether Nursing home fees are set by the NTPF and if so what considerations are taken into account to determine the fees; do they take into account the standard of care offered in the Nursing Homes?

Gerry Adams TD

To ask the Minister for Health and Children whether the private nursing home at Creevelea in Laytown has come to the attention of Health authorities for any breach of standards of care before the recent action by HIQA to seek a closure order?

Gerry Adams TD

To ask the Minister for Health and Children what provision will be made for residents of Creevelea Nursing Home in Laytown?

Gerry Adams TD

To ask the Minister for Health and Children whether in his opinion health authorities moved sufficiently promptly to address concerns about the standard of care for patients at Creevelea Nursing home from the point at which concerns were first raised and if he will make a statement on the matter?

Gerry Adams TD

To ask the Minister for Health and Children how many nursing homes in the State are subject to inspection and how regularly are they inspected?

Gerry Adams TD

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