Top up payments at St John of God deeply troubling – Adams
Louth TD Gerry Adams has commented on the latest controversy in the charity sector saying that revelations that management at St John of God Services received an additional €2 million in top up payments are “deeply troubling.”
Gerry Adams said;
“St John of God is a major provider of services for people with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues across the State. In Louth St John of God provides services from eight locations across the county.
“It is in receipt of some €125 million a year in State funding and as a ‘Section 38’ charity St John of God is subject to the same pay caps as a public sector body.
“The news that the HSE is investigating €2 million in payments to senior management comes following last month’s revelations that St John of God spent €23,000 sending six top executives to a conference in Florida. Indeed some of the same names are cited in both reports.
“This is against a backdrop at St John of God’s of cuts in frontline staff and services, industrial action by INMO members and the closure of a unit at Drumcar, Co Louth in April 2016 by HIQA following an inspection which revealed 30 breaches of regulation.
“I wrote to the Taoiseach in July 2015 following the publication of other critical HIQA reports regarding St John of God’s services in Louth and other residential services for people with intellectual disabilities.
“I asked him to establish as a matter of urgency an independent, root and branch inquiry into all care facilities for citizens with intellectual disabilities in the State. His reply was woefully inadequate and he effectively ignored the implications of numerous negative HIQA reports.
“There are ongoing, serious inadequacies in the resourcing of services for people with disabilities in this State and the Government must ensure greater State control of this sector.
“The entire charitable and voluntary sector must now be subject to proper regulation to ensure misappropriation of monies, State funded or donations, no longer takes place."