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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Nine residential disability centres not compliant with regulations - HIQA finds

Daire Courtney

Daire Courtney

Nine residential centres for people with disabilities were found to be non-compliant with regulations, according to reports published by the Health Information and Quality Authority.

The Heath Information and Quality Authority published 19 reports on residential centres for people with disabilities. 10 were found to be compliant with regulations, but the other nine had "significant" issues.

The HIQA inspections into seven Daughters of Charity centres found that three of these had “significant risk” to residents. Two were not meeting the assessed needs of their residents and the other had still not addressed fire safety concerns raised in 2014.

“Significant” fire safety concerns were also noted at a centre run by North West Parents and Friends Association of Mentally Handicapped Children. HIQA noted that fire doors at this centre were “ineffective” and that staff had not received fire safety training.

Three centres run by St Catherine’s Association and one run by Nua Healthcare were found to have issues with meeting the healthcare needs of residents. The Nua Healthcare centre was cited as having problems with infection control and risk management.

Finally, a centre operated by the Little Angels Association Letterkenny was found to have a good level of care for residents, but concerns were raised over its financial viability and governance.

Each of these centres has been given an ‘action plan’ by HIQA of actions they must take in order to become compliant. If centres continue not complying with the regulations, HIQA has the power to take them to court and stop new admissions to the centres.

Of the 577 inspection reports published in 2015, HIQA found that 320 of these centres needed to take more than 10 actions to reach compliance with regulations on safety and quality of care.

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