Monday 26 August 2019

Depressing delays in learning lessons of care

HSE director general Tony O'Brien. Photo: Damien Eagers
HSE director general Tony O'Brien. Photo: Damien Eagers
Editorial

Editorial

The very stones of the road cry out for justice, redress and change. People's frustration at the delays in acting to give any recognition to the rights of our most vulnerable citizens cannot be overstated. Yet again, we have failed in our duty to help those in most need.

The dismaying story of the abuse of a disabled woman at a care centre in the southeast of the country does not date from dark generations past. It is a story from the 1990s - a time when other horrific stories were struggling into the daylight and we all began to reluctantly confront them in varying degrees and forms.

This horror story is compounded by the health authorities saying that they had apologised to the aggrieved party - and later having to acknowledge that the apparently intended apology was never actually passed on. That of itself speaks of a lack of real care for vulnerable and poor people. It is clear from this story the victim was too often given scant care and attention. When concerns were raised, appropriate action was not taken. We are almost two decades on from child-abuse revelations which rightly convulsed the nation. Yet we appear to have been unable to apply any of those lessons in practice.

Irish Independent

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