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Sheehan reiterates support for Muckamore Abbey public inquiry

19 January, 2019 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Health Pat Sheehan has reiterated the party’s support for a public inquiry into care at Muckamore Abbey Hospital. 

Speaking in response to comments from the Chair of the Bamford Review into the north's mental health services, Professor Roy McClelland, Mr Sheehan said, "Professor McClelland's comments add further weight to the calls for a public inquiry into the Muckamore Abbey crisis.

"A public inquiry is needed if we are going to get to the true cause of what happened in Muckamore.

"We have consistently been raising a number of concerns with regard to Muckamore such as staffing levels and support, management and governance, and complaints procedures.

"While the initial SAI report commissioned by the Trust makes reference to these issues it by no means explains how and why the care of vulnerable adults was allowed to deteriorate in Muckamore.

"Without a clear understanding of what happened and why it happened we cannot be confident it will not happen again.

"Unfortunately we know from cases such as Dunmurry Manor Care Home that these problems are not unique to Muckamore.

"This points to more systemic issues impacting care beyond that of Muckamore which needs to be addressed.

"I have requested a meeting with the Belfast Trust to raise ongoing concerns with current staffing and management at Muckamore to ensure those vulnerable adults currently resident in Muckamore receive the care they need and are entitled to."

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