Minister of State at the Department of Health with special responsibility for Primary Care, Social Care (Disabilities & Older People) and Mental Health, Kathleen Lynch has said that the HSE is taking ‘immediate steps’ to address the findings in the recent HIQA report into St Patrick’s Hospital, Carrick-on-Shannon.
“The role that regulators play in identifying issues in our social care services is vital. In this instance, HIQA has highlighted unacceptable practices in St Patrick’s Community Hospital. The HSE has accepted these findings and is taking immediate steps to address them”, the Minister said.
“It is intolerable that a basic thing like access to showers is not facilitated and this needs to be addressed immediately in St Patrick’s with every resident through their care plan. It is my expectation that an action plan is put in place and acted on without delay.
“Families throughout the country who have relatives in care need to be assured that their loved ones are getting the care they deserve and need. HIQA plays a valuable role in giving them those assurances and the HSE has a vital role in delivering that care. Together, working as partners, I am confident we can continue to improve and enhance the care we deliver for older people”, she concluded.