O’Dowd re­port spurs HIQA into ac­tion

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

A re­port car­ried out by Louth TD Fer­gus O’Dowd has re­vealed that The Health In­for­ma­tion and Qual­ity Author­ity (Hiqa) re­ceived more than 4,600 al­le­ga­tions of abuse of dis­abled peo­ple in res­i­den­tial care, more than half of which in­volved al­le­ga­tions of phys­i­cal abuse. The re­port also showed that, in ad­di­tion to the al­le­ga­tions, 298 pieces of un­so­licited in­for­ma­tion were re­ceived by Hiqa last year, but only one was passed to gardaí and none to the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man.

In re­sponse to the find­ings, the author­ity now says it is de­vel­op­ing agree­ments with the gardaí and the Om­buds­man af­ter it was crit­i­cised over its han­dling of abuse al­le­ga­tions.

Com­ment­ing on the re­port, Deputy O’Dowd said se­ri­ous is­sues arise in terms of safe­guard­ing all peo­ple who are in care in nurs­ing homes, dis­abil­ity cen­tres and chil­dren’s services. “There are se­ri­ous prob­lems with the qual­ity of care in many cen­tres. In spite of all the thou­sands of no­ti­fi­ca­tions HIQA re­ceived, both un­so­licited and man­dated in­for­ma­tion, there has been no in­ves­ti­ga­tion by HIQA or any­one else into the al­le­ga­tions. There is no mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing be­tween the Garda and HIQA.

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