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Elderly must be protected with robust reporting mechanisms - McLaughlin

27 November, 2013 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin, who is also the chair of the Health Committee at the Assembly, said serious issues in terms of reporting neglect of care at a nursing home must be addressed in order to safeguard and protect our elderly citizens.

Speaking today Ms McLaughlin said:

“I welcome the review announced today by the Health Minster into levels of care within the Cherry Tree House nursing home.

“However the Minister must not stop there. It is my view that we need to see a review into the practices and procedures that surround the reporting of neglect of patients and the failure to provide adequate levels of care for our elderly within the sector.

“The fact that this position has taken eight years to be arrived at despite the insistence by the care assistant working at this particular home that complaints were made to several bodies over this period is an indictment.

“Families entrust nursing homes with the care of their loved ones. It is an issue of trust and professionalism between residents, carer and families.

“The vast majority of nursing homes across the north provide excellent levels of care but it is evident that there are failings.

"In order to protect the residents and indeed the entire sector from abuse we must ensure that there are robust and accountable measures in place to deal with the reporting of any abuse and act accordingly to investigate any concerns that exist. An eight years delay is nowhere near good enough.”

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