Fianna Fáil TD for Longford – Westmeath Robert Troy has said a report recently published by HIQA demonstrates that St. Peter’s Care Home in Castlepollard is under-resourced.

Deputy Troy made the comments after HIQA unearthed a lack of appropriate space and privacy for residents. The report also raised concerns over the absence of physical stimulation for residents as activity records suggested they had only left their home 4 days in a 14 day period.

Speaking following the publication of the report Deputy Troy commented, “The report published by HIQA following an unannounced inspection at St. Peter’s Care Home demonstrates that disability centres across the country are under-resourced.

“The report identifies a lack of appropriate space and privacy for residents. It also outlines that patients had only left their home 4 days in a 14 day period.

“Residents should have the opportunity to have access to physical stimulation so that they can exercise to maintain their health. They should also be facilitated in integrating with the wider community in Castlepollard. Unfortunately this does not seem to be happening.

“The investigation identified 11 cases of major non-compliance with health care standards. Concerns were also raised over patient safety at the centre after the report outlined a risk in the ability of staff to safely evacuate residents in the event of an emergency such as a fire.

“The report has caused concern amongst patients, relatives and the wider community in Castlepollard. In recent months we have heard HIQA raise serious concerns over how various disability centres are run across the country.

“People expect the government to deal with these reports with a sense of urgency so that poor practices are eliminated. However this latest report demonstrates that the government is simply failing to get to grips with the problem.

“The government’s health strategy is clearly failing. Minister Leo Varadkar has been talking up reform of our health system but at the same time he has been starving health facilities of vital funding. This is having a direct knock on effect on standards in the health service.

The government needs to recognise that it must provide adequate resources for centres such as St. Peter’s Care Home to ensure residents get the high quality care they deserve” said Deputy Troy.