Nursing home review will give right to reply

An independent report on Leas Cross nursing home will not be made public until those named in it have the right to reply, it emerged tonight.

An independent report on Leas Cross nursing home will not be made public until those named in it have the right to reply, it emerged tonight.

The review was ordered by the Health Service Executive when the home, in Swords, north Co Dublin, closed last August amid controversy over the care of patients.

Prepared by geriatric consultant Professor Des O’Neill, the report has examined the deaths of 95 elderly patients at the site since 2002.

It is expected to include the examination of medical, nursing and prescribing notes, hospital records, post-mortem summaries, death certificates and notifications to the coroner.

Despite receiving the report in May, the HSE said that on legal advice, and in the interest of natural justice, those named in the report must have the opportunity to respond.

An established team is currently considering all its findings and will devise a plan to implement its recommendations.

“It is envisaged that this working group will conclude its task over the coming weeks,” a spokesperson said.

The HSE said the tendering process undertaken by the former Eastern Regional Health Authority in 2005 was in respect of a new model of specialist care to be undertaken by nursing home providers to meet the needs of very particular patients accommodated inappropriately in acute hospitals.

It maintains it has now enhanced inspections and is implementing a standardised approach to inspections across the country.

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