Sunday 18 August 2019

Inquiry into use of patients' funds at disability organisation Stewarts Care

 

The group provides residential care for more than 260 people, and 150 residents live on its campus in west Dublin. Stock image
The group provides residential care for more than 260 people, and 150 residents live on its campus in west Dublin. Stock image
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

External consultants have been employed by the HSE to examine how the disability organisation Stewarts Care handled private patient accounts in the past.

The funds were kept in safe-keeping by the Dublin disability group and should have been used exclusively for the benefit of the residents, and not to provide wider supports for the service.

However, a spokesman for Stewarts Care said yesterday that current management, which took over in December 2017, asked the HSE to commission a review of how the funds were handled.

The review was asked for "out of concerns that service user funds in the past had been inappropriately used in the context of the patients' private property guidelines".

He said that the families of any service users who may have been affected had been informed.

"The board of Stewarts has committed that all the recommendations from the review will be implemented in full," he said.

The review will now be carried out by BDO consultants.

The group provides residential care for more than 260 people, and 150 residents live on its campus in west Dublin.

It also provides day care services.

The use of the residents' private patient funds is now in line with the practices set out by the HSE to ensure they are used for the benefit of the individual, the spokesman added.

The spokesman said he was not in a position to say how much Stewarts Care was currently holding on behalf of residents.

Irish Independent

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