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Level of abuse at Ralph Close disturbing

27 February, 2014 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has welcomed the Ministerial statement into abuse of patients at Ralph Close residential home in Gransha Derry.

 Ms. McLaughlin said,

 “I along with my colleague Martina Anderson MEP had raised the issue of alleged abuse at Ralph Close in Gransha Derry which houses patients with learning disabilities and mental illness.

 “While the report concluded that there is no evidence of willful neglect the Minister statement is nonetheless disturbing that on the balance of probability a number of staff were involved in actions that were less than the acceptable standard of care expected.

 “The Minister stated that due to the lack of evidence there would be no criminal proceedings but that disciplinary action would be taken against these members of staff who failed to fulfil their duties.

 “I am however disturbed to hear that over 50% of the allegations have been substantiated and that no one came forward to ensure that the safety and dignity of patients was maintained.

 “I welcome the fact that the Minister has instructed his officials to develop a new adult safeguarding policy that will ensure that all patients in wards like Ralph House will have the highest standard of care.

 “As Chair of the Health Committee I will ensure that this policy is scrutinised to make sure that the abuse of patients in Ralph House will never occur again.”

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