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Gildernew concern over Valley Care Home report

19 July, 2019 - by Colm Gildernew

Sinn Féin MLA Colm Gildernew has expressed concern on behalf of residents at a Clogher care home after the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) issued a number of ‘Failure to Comply’ notices on the facility.

The party’s Carers spokesperson was commenting after the outcome of an RQIA inspection at Valley Nursing Home was made public today.

 “It is a deeply concerning and distressing development for all the residents, their families and carers of the Valley Nursing Home,” he said.

 “I believe there are up to 80 residents currently receiving a wide range of complex packages of care in the home and our primary concern is for the safety and well-being of the residents, their families and carers.

“This latest inspection by the regulator raises serious issues that the management of the care home must address as a matter of urgency. Seven failure to comply notices have been issued which is an unusually high number. 

“It is not clear how standards within the home were allowed to get to this stage but it is clear that there will be considerable challenges for management and the Health Trusts to address.

“I believe the Western, Southern and Belfast Trusts have all placed residents within the home. It is crucial that the authorities now respond appropriately and work together with the care home management to ensure the safety and well-being of residents.”

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