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Gildernew backs calls for Muckamore Abbey public inquiry

12 December, 2018 - by Colm Gildernew

Sinn Féin have backed calls for a public inquiry in the wake of the serious breaches of adult safeguarding in Muckamore Abbey Hospital.

Sinn Féin spokesperson for carers and well-being, Colm Gildernew said:

"The recent report regarding the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) demonstrated again a failure in care to some of the most vulnerable people in society.

“Despite complaints and concerns raised by family members it was only when CCTV of the PICU unit showed what was happening that the Trust took action.

“Subsequently, the Belfast Trust were not fully transparent with families in providing them with information they requested regarding the treatment of their loved ones.

“Unfortunately, Muckamore is not a unique case.

“Notwithstanding the high standard of care being delivered across the health and social care service, instances of failure to protect vulnerable people - such as those in Dunmurry Manor Care Home - is sadly becoming a recurrent theme.

“A public Inquiry is needed to identify the systemic failures that allows them to reoccur."

The Fermanagh South-Tyrone MLA added: “It is clear the Serious Adverse Incident (SAI) report from the Trust did not meaningfully involve the affected patients of Muckamore or their families as it should have.

“A public inquiry must involve patients and their families from the outset, including having input into a Terms of Reference.

“It must be fully transparent, hold all those responsible for failings to account, and be wholly independent of the Trust.

“An inquiry must also be time bound and have access to all available evidence.

“Despite reports with findings and recommendations regarding failures in adult safeguarding, it seems Trusts and health authorities are not learning the lessons needed to prevent these failings happening again."

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