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‘Attacks on Muckamore staff unacceptable’ - Sheehan

29 August, 2019 - by Pat Sheehan

A reported assault on a member of staff at Muckamore Abbey Hospital raises more concerns about safety within the facility, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Pat Sheehan MLA has said.

The West Belfast MLA commented: “I have received reports that a member of staff was badly assaulted this morning in Muckamore Abbey Hospital. This is unacceptable and a real concern for staff and their families.

“It can be a challenging and physical environment and unfortunately many staff members are being asked to work in stretched wards which is greatly impacting on the ability to provide safe care.

“Recently the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority issued the Belfast Trust with three improvement notices relating to Muckamore and one of those focused on safe staffing levels.

“Sinn Féin has also raised concerns around safe staffing levels with the Belfast Trust and will be doing so again. High quality services, especially those for some of the most vulnerable in society, require staff that are well led, resourced and held to account for their actions.

“The Belfast Trust needs to state clearly and publically, if it is able to provide the level of care needed for patients within Muckamore Abbey Hospital and how it plans to address the ongoing challenges.”

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