Sinn Féin meet RQIA over Dunmurry neglect
A Sinn Féin delegation is to meet the Requlation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) today to discuss the serious concerns identified regarding the care of vulnerable residents in the Commissioner for Older People’s report into Dunmurry Manor Care Home.
The delegation includes Health Spokesperson Pat Sheehan MLA and Carers Spokesperson Colm Gildernew MLA who will raise, in particular, the Commissioner's criticisms of the RQIA's role in regulating Dunmurry Manor.
Commenting ahead of the meeting, Pat Sheehan said: “The Commissioners report was damning and highlighted serious issues regarding failings within the system to address grave concerns that had been raised around the standard of care in Dunmurry Manor.
“It raised serious questions about the capacity of the RQIA, and other relevant authorities, to address these issues and we will be putting those questions directly to them today.
“We will also be meeting with the Older Peoples Commissioner and the Human Rights Commission over the coming days to establish what measures need to be put in place to ensure the safety and care of vulnerable older people in care homes across the north and that the mistakes of Dunmurry Manor are not repeated.
"We have also requested meetings with Department of Health and other relevant authorities to seek clarification on what significant measures they intend to put in place in response to the Commissioner's findings.
The West Belfast MLA also confirmed that Sinn Fein will be attending a demonstration organised by some of the affected families later this week.
“The families will be holding a demonstration at the RQIA on Friday and we will be there and we will continue to support them,” he commented. “I have been working closely with a number of these families for some time now. They have shown great dignity and resolve throughout this ordeal and it’s important that we, as public representatives, continue to stand with them.”