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Commissioner’s recommendations on Dunmurry must be catalyst for change – Gildernew

25 June, 2018 - by Colm Gildernew

Sinn Féin MLAs Colm Gildernew and Ian Milne met today with the Commissioner for Older People to discuss the findings of its investigation into Dunmurry Manor Care Home.

Speaking after the meeting party spokesperson for Carer's, Mr Gildernew said:

"We discussed the Expert Panel's report findings and its recommendations with the Older People's Commissioner Eddie Lynch.

"Some of the treatment residents of Dunmurry Manor had to endure was inhuman, degrading and simply unacceptable.

"The report has exposed flaws within the system and itís vital the recommendations made by the Commissioner and his Expert Panel are actioned and serve as a catalyst for change.

"This is important not just for past and present residents of Dunmurry Manor but all those requiring residential care now and into the future.

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Older People, Ian Milne added:

"Older people, particularly those requiring residential care, are some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

"We have a duty to ensure they are protected and cared for to a high standard.

"The Commissioner outlined some of the next steps in ensuring the momentum started by the publication of this important report is maintained.

"Relevant authorities including the Department for Health, the Trusts, RQIA and Runwood Homes are required to make their response to the report within three months.

"These responses must demonstrate an appreciation of the seriousness of the reportís findings and definitive actions to address the problems identified by the Commissioner for Older People.

"That is what those in residential care need and deserve."

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