In­ves­ti­ga­tion into Sun­beam al­le­ga­tions

Bray People - - NEWS - By ES­THER HAY­DEN

THE HSE has con­firmed it is work­ing closely with Sun­beam House Ser­vices fol­low­ing the sus­pen­sion of five staff mem­bers.

Min­is­ter for Health Si­mon Har­ris said that he has re­ceived con­fir­ma­tion from the HSE that Sun­beam House Ser­vices (SHS) have put five staff on leave as a re­sult of al­le­ga­tions re­ceived on Fri­day, Jan­uary 26.

Min­is­ter Har­ris un­der­stands that the al­le­ga­tions were con­sid­ered by se­nior staff, in­clud­ing the SHS’s in­ter­nal safe­guard­ing team, and the Gar­daí were in­formed that day. The HSE has con­firmed to Min­is­ter Har­ris that they are fully in­formed and the ap­pro­pri­ate safe­guard­ing plans are in place for the res­i­dents con­cerned. HIQA has also been fully no­ti­fied

Min­is­ter Har­ris said: ‘ This is ob­vi­ously very con­cern­ing and dis­tress­ing how­ever I must wel­come the swift ac­tion taken on re­ceipt of the al­le­ga­tions. Wick­low peo­ple will be aware that there have pre­vi­ously been is­sues with the com­plaints pro­ce­dure and the han­dling of al­le­ga­tions in SHS. The new pro­ce­dures seem to have worked prop­erly.’

Min­is­ter Har­ris, work­ing with the SHS Fam­ily Ad­vo­cacy Group has en­sured that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion (the Jeyes Re­port) was con­ducted into is­sues of con­cern high­lighted by fam­i­lies. An ac­tion plan is cur­rently be­ing im­ple­mented to en­sure all com­plaints and safe­guard­ing is­sues are han­dled cor­rectly as a re­sult of the Jeyes re­port.

The HSE has con­firmed that SHS will be con­duct­ing a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mat­ter as soon as this can com­mence with- out prej­u­dice to Garda en­quiries, which are on­go­ing and that the HSE is work­ing closely with Sun­beam House Ser­vices to en­sure the con­tin­ued safe­guard­ing of all res­i­dents con­cerned.

Min­is­ter Har­ris has sup­ported the SHS fam­i­lies through­out this process and con­tin­ues to work with the SHS Fam­ily Ad­vo­cacy Group to en­sure all ac­tions iden­ti­fied by the Jeyes re­port alert.

The Health Min­is­ter was also keen to ac­knowl­edge that many ex­cel­lent peo­ple work in Sun­beam House Ser­vices and he reg­u­larly hears this from fam­i­lies. ‘It is im­por­tant that this or­gan­i­sa­tion re­ceives the at­ten­tion and sup­port it re­quires so that clients re­ceive the best pos­si­ble ser­vice and so that good and com­mit­ted staff can work in a strong or­gan­i­sa­tion’, said Min­is­ter Har­ris.

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