Issues with HSE care home highlighted – Ó Caoláin
Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has expressed concern at HIQA findings that a HSE care centre for adults with intellectual disabilities in Co. Cork had fire exits locked, unclean areas, and damaged equipment.
Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
“Grove House was found to have an inadequate level of compliance with the Health Act 2007 requirements. The report outlines how many areas of the centre were unclean and that fire exits remained locked. I also note the finding that residents were not adequately supported to develop skills to enable them live as independently as possible. This is their home and they must be supported to have as fulfilling and independent a life as possible.
“The action plan at the end of the report identifies additional improvements required to ensure compliance with the Act and that must be put in place.
“I again call for the introduction of a Patient Safety Authority and for private residential facilities to be open to further scrutiny, including that of the Ombudsman. It is clear that standards are not as high as they should be in certain public and private facilities across the state.”