Saturday 18 November 2017

Our elderly must not be put at risk

The allegations against the Rostrevor Nursing Home, if true, raise extremely serious questions about the care of the elderly in this country.

That such vulnerable, frail people, many of whom were wards of court, could be allegedly treated in such a cruel manner a mere two-and-a-half miles from our national parliament and seat of government beggars belief.

When the Leas Cross Nursing Home was shut down in 2005 for what the subsequent O'Neill report found was "institutional abuse", we were assured that this would never happen again. The supervision of nursing homes was transferred from the HSE to the Health Information and Quality Authority, whose motto is "safer better care".

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