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‘System must recognise and respond to Dunmurry failures’ - Sheehan

21 June, 2018 - by Pat Sheehan

The Health system must recognise and respond to the failures which led to the neglect of vulnerable residents in Dunmurry Care Home, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Pat Sheehan MLA has said.

The West Belfast MLA was commenting after a party delegation, also including Carers spokesperson Colm Gildernew MLA, yesterday met with the Chief Executive of the Regulatory Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) following the damning report by the Older People’s Commissioner into the standard of care at the home.

Pat Sheehan said: "The recent report from the Older People's Commissioner exposed degrading and unacceptable treatment of some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

"It is clear that in the case of Dunmurry Manor, the system as a whole failed people.

"At a time when older people most needed care and compassion some were instead neglected and left to suffer.

Colm Gildernew added: "It is of utmost importance that the RQIA, as well as each Trust involved, the Department for Health and Runwood Homes recognise themselves that the system failed people in Dunmurry Manor.

"Each organisation has a responsibility for addressing these failures individually and collectively to ensure they are not repeated anywhere in the north of Ireland.

"The RQIA, and all responsible authorities need to respond to the Commissioners report and demonstrate how the necessary changes will be made."

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