Minister Kathleen Lynch reacting – Disability service in Roscrea Co. Tipperary
Minister for Primary and Social Care Kathleen Lynch reacting today (Thursday 18th December 2014) to the news that concerns that have been brought to the HSE’s attention, by way of a complaint, at a disability service in Roscrea Co. Tipperary, said, “I anticipated that more concerns of this nature would emerge following the revelations on Prime Time last week regarding Aras Attracta. While it is worrying for all of us that this has happened, it is also encouraging that the service being carried out by HIQA is uncovering concerns of poor and unacceptable standards of care. It is only through exposing these practices that we can start to effect improvements in care for the most vulnerable people in our society”. The concerns raised with the HSE relate to care practices at two residential units provided by the Daughters of Charity in Roscrea.
The Minister has been fully appraised by the HSE who are conducting a detailed examination of the complaint. The HSE in the Mid West has established a Safeguarding Team to support the Daughters of Charity in dealing with these concerns.
Concluding the Minister said, “I once again urge anyone who has concerns regarding the care of vulnerable adults to come forward and speak to the HSE, HIQA, the Ombudsman or the Gardai. They can also make a complaint under the Protected Disclosure or Whistle Blower legislation. It doesn’t matter how the complaint is made as long as the information is given to the proper authorities who can properly investigate it.”