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Overhaul of St John of God Residential Services needed – Adams

16 February, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin TD for Louth Gerry Adams has said that he is gravely concerned following the HIQA decision today to close four out of eight residential units at the St John of God premises at Drumcar. 

Speaking following an RTE report which highlighted the consistent difficulties with St. Mary’s Drumcar, Gerry Adams said:

“In recent years, I have raised my concerns about the inappropriate use of residents’ money for medical aids and examinations, top up payments to senior staff, and the suspension of respite services on the site last summer. This latter caused great distress.

“I am acutely aware that the decision by HIQA will mean further confusion, uncertainty and worry for the residents of these units and their families. 

“Once again, St John of God has failed people with disabilities in county Louth. 

“The HSE must act to ensure that the safety and comfort of residents is guaranteed. 

“If St John of God is incapable of delivering the services which they are being funded to deliver to an appropriate standard, alternatives must be considered. I will be writing to the Minister for Health Simon Harris seeking urgent action by him to address the failures at St. Mary’s and to ensure that residents affected by the closure of four units will be found safe alternative accommodation.

“It is grossly unfair that the most vulnerable in our society must constantly campaign and fight to access services which should be theirs by right.” 

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