Government must ensure that people with disabilities are protected while in care

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Disability, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has reacted with severe disappointment to the publication of 11 Health Information and Quality Authority reports which have shown that once again the health service is failing people with disabilities.

“Non compliance in the correct administration of medicine, poor or inadequate food and nutrition and accusations of abuse not being dealt with appropriately are shocking to hear, and should be a major cause for concern at the highest levels of the HSE and government,” said Deputy Murphy O’Mahony.

“To hear of a person not being provided with adequate food and nutrition for 18 hours at St. Raphael’s in Cork because there wasn’t enough staff on duty is simply heart-breaking.”

“It’s clear that across these centres, management do not have the resources, and in certain situations, the expertise to deal with the needs of residents. This cannot be allowed to continue,” added the Cork South West TD.

“Minister McGrath has been in office for three months now. It’s time that he starts putting in place mechanisms to ensure that this blatant abuse of people with disabilities ends.”

“This level of negligence would not be tolerated in any other section of the health service. People with disabilities, and their families, deserve the highest level of care, and not this shoddy treatment.”