Tuesday 16 January 2018

Former Leas Cross director struck off nursing register

Ed Carty

A FORMER director at a notorious care home where elderly residents suffered severe abuse has been struck off the nursing register.

Grainne Paula Conway, formerly director of nursing of Leas Cross in north Co Dublin, was investigated by a fitness to practice panel over eight days and found guilty of professional misconduct.

An Bord Altranais, the Nursing Board, found systematic failures to provide safe, adequate and appropriate care for residents.

Over a six-year period from June 1999 to March 2005, Ms Conway failed to ensure that any adequate care was afforded to residents, specifically five people.

She was found to have failed to respond adequately or at all to some of the complaints raised over care standards.

An Bord Altranais said its fitness to practise committee had regard to the serious nature of the conditions at Leas Cross and that as director of nursing, Ms Conway had overall responsibility and accountability for the care and welfare of residents at the home during the six years.

It said she had a crucial role in relation to care standards.

Ms Conway was also found to have failed to ensure an effective complaints process was in place or that staff were adequately trained to take complaints.

Her removal from the nurses register was confirmed by Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O'Neill, An Bord Altranais announced.

Leas Cross was shut down in August 2005 after an RTE undercover investigation disclosed sub-standard care and management deficiencies.

Injuries to residents had first been documented at an inquest.

It later emerged 105 patients died at the nursing home between 2002 and 2004, many showing symptoms of grave neglect including bed sores, dehydration and malnutrition.

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