Gildernew calls on health authorities to address Ashbrooke concerns
Sinn Féin MLA Colm Gildernew has called on health authorities to address public concerns over the re-opening of a care home that had previously been closed due to serious care failings.
The party Carers spokesperson said:
"There is genuine concern in the public with the re-opening of what used to be Ashbrooke Care Home, a facility that had been previously shut down by the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) for serious failures in care.
"Although the care home will be renamed Meadow View it will remain under the same ownership - Runwood Homes - which has a record of incidents of serious breaches in care standards in the north of Ireland.
"Understandably this has caused distress in the public.
"The RQIA need to explain to the public the process and rationale for re-registering the new care home in the event this happens.
"The Western Trust need to clarify whether any trust commissioned services will be delivered by the home and satisfy itself and the public that safe and effective care will be provided.”