Inspections of disability centres have found that in one facility master keys used by staff were repeatedly taken, and some residents were threatened and intimidated; in another, high levels of adverse incidents continued to occur despite reviews.
Health Minister Simon Harris could bow to mounting pressure and replace the Government’s planned cervical cancer test Hiqa-led inquiry with a full-scale commission of investigation after revealing the number of women affected could be “double” what was previously believed.
Two centres for older people have been strongly criticised by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) after a mealtime was found to be as short as two minutes and 20 seconds and a resident presented with signs of dehydration.
A report into a centre for people with disabilities reveals that staff arrived to work there on the morning of an inspection not knowing what shift they were on and organising the roster among themselves, a situation that contributed to “an unacceptable level of risk to residents” at the facility.
University Hospital Limerick, the subject of an internal and external probe over concerns that patients died after being infected by multidrug-resistant superbugs, has been warned by the health watchdog to immediately boost staffing numbers in its infection prevention and control team, writes
Poor cleaning of reusable bedpans and failure to test water outlets for the bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s Disease were among the multiple infection-control failures that left patients at University Hospital Kerry (UHK) exposed to significant risk.
The reliability of State data in relation to Garda vetting and reviews of foster carers has been called into question by the health watchdog following an inspection of foster care services in the mid-west.