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‘Public inquiry needed to address Muckamore concerns’ - Sheehan

30 January, 2019 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan has called for the publication of the Serious Adverse Incident (SAI) report and reiterated calls for a public inquiry into care at Muckamore Abbey. 

The party’s health spokesperson was commenting after it was reported that a seclusion room was used over 740 times in 2015. 

Pat Sheehan said:

“Seclusion is a highly complex and intrusive process. It should only ever be used as a last resort and for the least amount of time. 

“Figures reported by the media today have said the room was used 745 times in 2015, however, the Serious Adverse Incident (SAI) report indicates that it was used 859 times. 

“Confusion around the figures raises serious questions around record keeping and reinforces the need for the Serious Adverse Incident (SAI) report to be published in full. 

“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.

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

“A public inquiry is needed to establish the truth of what happened at Muckamore and to hold those responsible for care failings to account to ensure these horrors never occur again.”

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