Three inquiries underway, nine staff suspended on pay after shocking care-home footage

Nine people have been suspended on full pay at the HSE-run Áras Attracta care home in Co Mayo after a Prime Time report showed shocking treatment of residents.

Three inquiries underway, nine staff suspended on pay after shocking care-home footage

Nine people have been suspended on full pay at the HSE-run Áras Attracta care home in Co Mayo after a Prime Time report showed shocking treatment of residents.

The care centre for adults with intellectual disabilities is home to 100 residents living in a series of bungalows and units on the site. Bungalow 3 - subject of most of

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The undercover footage shows residents being slapped, kicked, verbally abused and force-fed.

Three separate inquiries by the Gardaí, HSE and HIQA are underway.

National director of Social Care at the HSE Pat Healy condemned the treatment of residents in the film, saying: "There was a loss of sight of the person here. These are very vulnerable people with disabilities.

"Clearly the type of behaviours and attitudes we saw (from staff) have no place and are clearly unacceptable."

The Psychiatric Nurses Association said the treatment of residents at Aras Attracta was deeply disturbing, totally unacceptable and had no place in professional nursing practice.

In a statement, it said the incidents caught on camera would shock and disturb the many thousands of nurses working in Ireland.

PNA general secretary Des Kavanagh said all nurses had to answer for their adherence, or not, to professional standards and carry the consequences for breaching those standards.

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