Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Lisa Chambers says the HSE must move to implement the recommendations of the McCoy report, which was set up to review the quality of care provided at the residential home, without delay.
The report found that the current service model breached the dignity and rights of patients and has recommended that residents who are ready to move to non-institutional settings should be assisted in doing so as quickly as possible.
Deputy Chambers commented, “The practices that were exposed at Áras Attracta almost two years ago were shocking and appalling. It was harrowing to see vulnerable people treated with such indignity and disdain and it called into question the monitoring of standards by the HSE and HIQA.
“It is vitally important that we learn from what has gone before and ensure that the abuse suffered by patients at Áras Attracta is never repeated. One of the main recommendations of this report is a move away from congregated settings to a community-based, person-centred model. This is something that Fianna Fáil has been calling for for some time, however it is extremely important that residents and their families are consulted at all stages of the process. I understand that there may be some residents whose needs would be better catered for in a residential setting and these wishes must be respected.
“People in Mayo were horrified by the scenes broadcast in the RTE Investigates programme, and were saddened to realise that this level of abuse was being carried out on vulnerable people in their own community. The Government cannot be allowed to delay on implementing the recommendations of this report. Turning a blind eye to this level of dysfunction is simply not acceptable and Minister McGrath and his cabinet colleagues must begin the process of change and move towards community care settings, where appropriate, as a matter of urgency”.