Friday 20 April 2018

Lack of dignity in Gerry Feeney (81) case 'upsetting', says Varadkar

Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

The case of the late Gerry Feeney, whose family claim was left with no dignity in the geriatric ward of Beaumont Hospital, was described as "very upsetting" by Health Minister Leo Varadkar.

Mr Feeney (81) died in a nursing home on January 31, three weeks after being discharged from hospital where his family said they found him sitting in public in a soiled state.

Beaumont Hospital is now reviewing the complaints.

Asked about the case, Mr Varadkar said he could not comment on individual patients but he was "always very disappointed" to hear stories of people not getting the standard of medical or nursing care they need.

He has spoken to the chairman of Beaumont, Ann Fitzgerald, and was told that an inquiry is under way. His family said Gerry, who suffered from Parkinson's Disease, was treated as if he was "invisible".

Irish Independent

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