Thursday 23 March 2017

Care home kept open despite complaints

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

STAFF complained to gardai and health chiefs about how a private nursing home was being run by its owner as far back as 2005 -- but it continued to operate as normal for another six years.

On Tuesday Judge David Anderson ordered the permanent closure of the Avondale Nursing Home in Callan, Co Kilkenny, under the Health Act.

A former worker at the nursing home last night revealed that the authorities were notified of serious allegations against its owner/director Miriam Holmes in 2005 -- before HIQA was up and running.

"They (gardai and health chiefs) were told the owner's children were feeding patients. An 11-year-old was feeding patients," the source said.

The HSE last night defended its inspections record, saying it fully investigated the complaints.

Irish Independent

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