Nurse says abuse claims at care home are motivated by 'revenge'
Published 11/06/2011 | 05:00
THE care assistant accused of physically abusing residents of a nursing home only qualified as a nurse in January, the Irish Independent has learnt.
Kevin Poorun (33) who lives in Rathgar in Dublin but is originally from Mauritius, has been working at the Rostrevor home for four years but only completed his nursing course five months ago.
Mr Poorun has said serious accusations levelled against him are "revenge" because of an internal dispute at the home.
However, the Rathgar-based home broke no rules by employing Mr Poorun earlier because there is a lack of regulation in the area.
"All you need to get a job as a care assistant is a certificate saying that you have been accepted to a course like nursing," a source familiar with the process said.
Mr Poorun has completely rejected allegations made against him by three members of staff at the home, but efforts to contact him were unsuccessful last night.
He has been accused of banging a resident's head against a door jamb in December 2010 and kicking the same resident a number of times on the floor.
He is also accused of slapping a male pensioner and grabbing another so violently that he was bruised.
Mr Poorun would routinely take a female resident of the home to the bathroom on his own and staff would hear her screaming, it was further claimed. It is understood that Mr Poorun qualified from Dublin's Eden College in January this year with a level five FETAC certificate in nursing.
The course can be taken over a single year but it's understood that he completed it over a number of years.
He is currently suspended from Rostrevor nursing home.
Those familiar with the care assistant during his time at the college expressed shock at the accusations and said that he was "a well-liked student" who never had a problem while there.
The HSE has taken charge of Rostrevor following a court application this week by the health watchdog, the Health Information and Quality Authority.
The allegations against Mr Poorun were made by three staff during inspections of the facility last month.
Owners of the home have insisted that the allegations of elder abuse are completely unfounded.
Director Sarah Lipsett, a solicitor, has supported Mr Poorun's version of events, calling him "fantastic and wonderful" and said that there had never been a complaint against him until now.
She has said that the screaming woman had dementia and that there was no record of the other complaints
Her mother, Theresa, is the owner of the home but was struck off the nursing board.
The HSE has begun to find alternative placements for the home's 23 residents.
However, Ms Lipsett has claimed that this is against the wishes of the residents.