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‘Muckamore report doesn’t expose full extent of failings’ - Gildernew

20 December, 2018 - by Colm Gildernew

Sinn Féin spokesperson for carers and well being Colm Gildernew MLA has said the Belfast Trust report into Muckamore Abbey does not expose the full extent of its failure in safeguarding vulnerable adults at the hospital.

Speaking in response to the Serious Adverse Incident report the Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA commented: 

“While this report highlights serious systemic and environmental problems within Muckamore Abbey Hospital with regards to adult safeguarding, it does not attempt to explain in detail any of the incidents concerning alleged abuse of vulnerable adults there.

“The terms of reference of the ‘Serious Adverse Incident (SAI) report’ were set by the Belfast Trust itself and tasked a team to review adult safeguarding activities in the hospital.

“In a sense this SAI report explains the context and environment within which vulnerable adults, and their families, were failed in Muckamore.

"A review of the SAI process in the north generally, following the Hyponatraemia Inquiry, is currently ongoing and must address problems with the process itself.

“But the report regarding Muckamore does not get to the truth of what happened to individuals in cases involving alleged abuse and how the hospital and the Trust failed to prevent it or intervene to stop it.

“I appreciate the sensitivities with regards to the integrity of ongoing PSNI investigations into alleged abuse at Muckamore Abbey Hospital however it is clear that a public inquiry is needed for the full truth to be revealed.

"The Belfast Trust would be mistaken to believe that this report is sufficient enough to draw a line under failures in adult safeguarding.

“If real and meaningful lessons are to be learned, and all those responsible for a failure in adult safeguarding are to be held to account, then a public inquiry is a must.”

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