Wednesday 26 July 2017

Why should disabled suffer lesser care?

A still from RTE's 'Prime Time' probe into abuse of residents at Aras Attracta care home.
A still from RTE's 'Prime Time' probe into abuse of residents at Aras Attracta care home.
Editorial

Editorial

When the television footage of vulnerable residents in the áras Attracta home for people with an intellectual disability was aired in early December last year, the alarm was quickly followed by the usual ritual of reassurances from the Health Service Executive (HSE).

It issued a series of press releases and fielded some senior executives to promise that measures would be put in place to ensure the future protection of residents who are defenceless.

There was even talk of putting their own undercover cameras in these homes. But nearly two months later, inspectors from the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) found that while procedures to safeguard residents were in place, they were not consistently implemented.

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