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HIQA reports continue to expose and to shock - Ó Caoláin

29 August, 2016 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Commenting on the further release of HIQA reports on care standards in HSE residential settings for people with disabilities, Sinn Féom spokesperson on Disability Rights and Older People Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said:

“Despite all the many exposés over a number of years, regarding the inadequate and inappropriate care regimes and practices that a large number of residential centres for people with disabilities, HIQA reports continue to expose unacceptable standards and practices at HSE care facilities through out the state. These reports continue to shock and there is a growing anger that our deficient provision has not been universally upgraded to acceptable standards, standards that we would all expect if we had a loved one in HSE care.”

Continuing Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“It is long past time that we reached a point of total intolerance, of such standards and practices and I am calling with the minister with responsibility, Deputy Finian McGrath, to bring in a regime of zero tolerance of such bad practices and poor care. Penalties must apply but not with consequential downsides for dependent residents. I am writing again to Minister McGrath to urge an end to merely noting HIQA reports and to ensure urgent and comprehensive follow-up of all matters exposed in their reports” concluded deputy Ó Caoláin. 

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