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Slow inspection rate of care centres poses increased risk for residents – Devine

14 July, 2016 - by Máire Devine

Sinn Féin Seanad Health spokesperson Máire Devine has today asked Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath to provide exact reasons for the delay in HIQA inspecting and registering residential settings for people with disabilities.

Speaking in the Seanad, Senator Devine said:

“This process which began in 2013 to inspect and register 1000 settings has yet to inspect over 400 throughout the country.

“I do not think this is good enough for those citizens residing in these centres. We have had far too many controversies and scandals involving long term residential settings in the past. It is unacceptable that it will be up to five years since the initial amendment before some of these centres will be inspected and registered.

“This situation undoubtedly poses increased risk for people residing in these centres and I am calling on the Minister, HSE and HIQA to proceed with this process as quickly as possible and respect the rights of our citizens residing in such centres.” 

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