Takeovers of residential centres for people with autism “extremely concerning” – Ó Caoláin TD
Sinn Féin Disability Rights spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has described as ‘extremely concerning’ the news that three residential centres for people with autism have now been taken over by the HSE at the direction of the Health Information and Quality Authority due to serious non-compliances.
Deputy Ó Caoláin said;
“It is extremely concerning to learn of the significant failings found by HIQA relating to the care and welfare of 47 adult residents with autism, living in three farm-based centres.
“These centres were inspected on a number of occasions over the past 18 months and particular concerns were raised regarding inadequate measures to ensure residents were protected from assault; ongoing risks to residents that were not being appropriately managed or responded to; poor governance and oversight leading to negative outcomes for residents; and poor management of staffing resources and inadequate staff training.
“These adults with special needs and their families require and deserve the highest standard of care. To hear of such non-compliances is extremely distressing and requires immediate address by the HSE” declared Deputy Ó Caoláin.