Press Release

Lynch welcomes HSE National Summit for Disabilities

Minister for Primary and Social Care Kathleen Lynch has this evening (Monday 15 December 2014) welcomed the decision by the HSE to host a National Summit for Disabilities at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow Tuesday 16 December.

” As I watched the Primetime programme on Áras Attracta last Tuesday I was horrified at what I was seeing. Such poor and unacceptable standards of care and mistreatment of vulnerable residents cannot and will not be tolerated.  Every person who uses disability services is entitled to expect and receive supports of the highest standard and to live in an atmosphere of safety and care. This is particularly important for vulnerable people in residential care whose families have entrusted them to the care of professional staff”, said the Minister. “This National Summit, at which I will speak, will provide an opportunity for the HSE to outline its system-wide programme of measures to begin to address in a systematic way the concerns that have arisen from what has occurred at Aras Attracta”.

The Summit will involve representation of the CEOs and other senior managers from the 90 major service provider organisations, together with other representatives from the voluntary sector, service user and advocate representatives, as well as the HSE, Department of Health and HIQA..