Monday 26 September 2016

Whistleblower: 'We could have another social worker who knows another Grace'

Published 02/02/2016 | 02:30

Minister Kathleen Lynch has requested a sex abuse probe
Minister Kathleen Lynch has requested a sex abuse probe

The whistleblower at the centre of the foster care scandal has raised concerns over those still in charge of the care of vulnerable people.

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The social care worker said there was "no accountability" when it came to senior and middle management in the HSE.

"My main concern is that we could have another social care worker who knows another Grace," she said. "My primary concern at the moment is not just for the 47 families, it's for every family with a child with a disability asking how do I trust the system with my child."

The woman told the 'Claire Byrne Live' show on RTÉ that there needed to be a change of culture within the HSE.

"They need to be more willing to hold their hands up and admit when they have failed people," she said. "They need to stop hiding behind unpublished reports and stifling any whistleblowers."

If she, a nurse or a doctor, failed in their duty, they could be struck off, she said. "But there is a gap there when it comes to the management in the HSE who have no clinical qualifications or registration," she added.

"They are responsible for making some of the most important decisions in this country when it comes to vulnerable people."

Irish Independent

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