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Restraint has to be used

I refer to an article which dealt with the findings of a HIQA nursing home inspection (Irish Examiner, January 28 ).

What was not made clear was this type of inspection is carried out to award registration of a care facility, thus permitting its operation.

Registration was awarded to the home as a result.

Perhaps time could have been better spent reporting on another facility where registration was not awarded as a result of a HIQA report.

As for the headline “Cork nursing home used chemical restraints” I would see it as a challenge for anybody to find a nursing home that has not had to, at some point, resort to this often controversial practice to ensure resident and staff safety.

Fiona Prendergast


Castlelyons, Co. Cork


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