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‘Belfast Trust lack transparency over Muckamore’ - Gildernew

15 November, 2018 - by Colm Gildernew

Sinn Féin spokesperson for carers Colm Gildernew has accused the Belfast Health Trust of a lack of transparency over its response to allegations of abuse of vulnerable adults at Muckamore Abbey Hospital.

Commenting after a cross-party briefing by the Belfast Health Trust on the situation at the Muckamore Abbey Hospital, the Fermanagh South Tyrone MLA said:

“The response from the Belfast Trust to date has been disappointing and unacceptable. When addressing these serious issues, clarity and communication are important. I stressed this point thoroughly with them today.

"We have been given a promise that the Serious Adverse Incident (SAI) report will be shared with the families in the coming weeks at a time and date that suits the families, who must remain at the centre of this whole process.

“There remains considerable questions as to how the alleged abuses occurred and to the scale and for how long. Until the families see the report and until the findings are made public those questions will remain unanswered.

"Families deserve answers. They have already waited a year for the SAI report to be completed but as yet have not been given copies.

"There are clearly issues with how the SAI process functions, particularly how it involves patients and their families and how it demonstrates learning to those within the system and the wider public.

"The lack of transparency in the Belfast Trust's response to what happened in Muckamore Abbey also requires consideration to be given to other ways of getting to the truth and implementing learning to improve safeguarding.

"This is no more than families and patients in Muckamore Abbey deserve and I will continue to engage with the Belfast Trust and other authorities to ensure that the learning is taken forward and that transparency is central to all processes.” CRÍOCH/ENDS

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