Friday 30 September 2016

Disabled residential units fail to meet Hiqa standard

Jane O'Faherty

Published 10/08/2016 | 02:30

The inspections were carried out by the Health Information and Quality Authority. Photo: PA
The inspections were carried out by the Health Information and Quality Authority. Photo: PA

Thirteen out of 20 inspections of residential services for people with disabilities were found to have major non-compliances.

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The inspections were carried out by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa).

Three of the four reports on services run by the HSE found non-compliances in risk management, the safety of residents and the governance of the services.

Three out of four inspections of services run by Daughters of Charity found the provider was failing to manage risk for residents. In one case, the watchdog also found issues with the way medication was being managed.

Meanwhile, Hiqa inspectors found that two out of three centres run by St John of God Services found the provider had not taken action to improve the privacy and dignity of residents in their care.

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One out of three centres run by L'Arche Ireland was found to have failings in relation to residents' rights and the submission of notifications to Hiqa.

Inspections of two centres run by Kerry Parents and Friends Association found four major non-compliances in relation to fire detection and prevention, as well as the safeguarding of vulnerable residents.

A report into a centre run by the Cork Association for Autism found major non-compliances in terms of mobility issues for its residents. Issues of poor risk management were found in one centre run by St Michael's House.

None of the centres will be closed as a result of the inspections.

Irish Independent

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