Trust must act on Muckamore improvement notices - Gildernew
Speaking after the Regulation Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) issued improvement notices in relation to Muckamore Abbey Hospital, Sinn Fein MLA Colm Gildernew commented:
“These improvement notices have been issued to the Belfast Trust on the back of RQIA inspections as far back as February this year which flagged up a number of serious concerns regarding safeguarding, staffing levels and patient finances amongst others.
"None of this should come as a surprise to the Belfast Trust.
"Patient safety and unsafe staffing levels have been ongoing concerns of families and staff which we have raised directly with the Belfast Trust on numerous occasions.
“Despite repeated assurances these notices confirm that Belfast Trust is in crisis management mode regarding the handling of issues at Muckamore Abbey Hospital.
“Ongoing failure of the Trust is undermining any remaining belief from families or staff that it can address the fundamental problems in the hospital.
"The Department of Health has a responsibility to ensure that the Trust has the capacity to take the immediate action that’s required.”