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Dunmurry report must be catalyst for change - Sinn Féin

13 June, 2018 - by Pat Sheehan

A damning report which exposed the mistreatment of some of the most vulnerable in our society at Dunmurry Manor care home must act as a catalyst for change, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Pat Sheehan has said. 

The West Belfast MLA said:

“This is a damning report which highlights a complete and fundamental lack of leadership from management in Dunmurry Manor and at every level within Runwood Homes-the company that runs Dunmurry.

“The report found examples of inhumane and degrading treatment concerning vulnerable residents.

"There are numerous examples of serious weight loss due to neglect and in one case, a resident lost 10 stone in their last five months in Dunmurry.

“The report also found that in many instances residents were not receiving their prescribed medicines-in some cases for up to three weeks.

"Cases of physical and sexual abuse that vulnerable older people had to endure were also exposed by this damning report.”

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Carers Colm Gildernew added:

“Todays report is particularly significant as it is the first time the Commissioner for Older People (COPNI) has used his powers of investigation.

"I commend the determination of the families in pursuing the truth in relation to the failure of care experience by their loved ones in Dunmurry Manor. 

“It's evident the statutory agencies did not adequately address this failure of care.

“The ability of the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) and relevant authorities to address these serious issues need to be considered as a matter of urgency.

“The Commissioner’s report needs to be a catalyst for change.

“The Department of Health, RQIA and all relevant authorities need to provide a full and considered response to the Commissioner's report and demonstrate the changes that will ensure that the horrors of Dunmurry are never repeated.”

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