20 care centres facing closure

20 care centres facing closure

Twenty care centres across the country face closure, affecting hundreds of people with intellectual disabilities.

The Sunday Business Post reports that health watchdog Hiqa has issued 20 HSE-run care homes with notices to cancel or refuse applications for registration unless they make drastic improvements or immediate changes.

According to the newspaper, only two of the residential homes said they were resolving the issues.

The Áras Attracta care home in Swinford, Co Mayo (pictured), which was at the centre of a Prime Time investigation, is one of the affected 20 centres.

20 care centres facing closure

Fianna Fáil's spokesperson on disability and mental health deputy Colm Keaveny said the closure notices could have been prevented, and claimed the situation was much worse than had been reported.

He said there had been a lack of investment over a number of years.

"The Government has secretly and silently warehoused people with intellectual disabilities (in a) most blatant abuse of equality," he said.

"It's an absolute scandal (and) the situation is much worse than has been reported. The Government has, if any thing, deprioritised disability."

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