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Áras Attracta review publication “most welcome”– Ó Caoláin

7 September, 2016 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD


Reacting to the publication today of the Review Group Report on the HSE’s Áras Attracta at Swinford in Co. Mayo, Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Disability Rights and Older People Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has stated that the Dr. Kevin McCoy led review group has presented a “most welcome and bluntly honest report that must be acted upon without delay and not just at Áras Attracta, but across all care settings for people with intellectual disabilities”.

The Sinn Féin spokesperson has stated that the conclusions and recommendations of the 234 page report are not just about Áras Attracta but also address the deficiencies in the HSE’s provision and oversight of all congregated settings across the jurisdiction.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said;

“As I anticipated, this report goes to the core of the issue and pulls no punches.  That said, there will be less a shock factor than might have been the case if we had not already had the RTE Primetime exposé back in December 2014.

“This is a most welcome and bluntly honest report that must be acted upon without delay, and not just at Áras Attracta, but across all care settings for people with intellectual disabilities.

“A thorough and comprehensive review is shown to have taken place across this 234 page report.  While there are specific recommendations in relation to care delivery at Áras Attracta, the report outlines thirteen actions for the HSE to take to improve the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities in care settings and to ensure that national policy is fully implemented.  There is also an action plan for mangers of all congregated settings as they prepare for and assist the move of residents out of such facilities and into community care settings and supports.

“I commend the earliest possible implementation of this report’s recommendations and view it as an important contribution towards a rights-based social model of service delivery for all challenged by a disability” concluded Deputy Ó Caoláin.

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