Serious concerns have been raised by safety watchdog, HIQA in relation to St Patrick’s Centre which was taken over by the HSE in October 2015 following 'significant failings' by the previous care provider.
Incidents of peer-to-peer aggression had continued since the handover, and there were still 'significant concerns regarding the lack of suitable governance and management arrangements to oversee the quality and safety of care provided to residents' which had 'direct negative outcomes for residents'.
During an unannounced inspection on May 4 at Our Lady's Centre in Kilkenny, which was transferred from St Patrick Centre to the HSE in October 2015, HIQA found residents' needs could not be met due to lack of assistive equipment in the centre.
The inspector had significant concerns regarding the lack of suitable governance and management arrangements to oversee the quality and safety of care provided to residents.
Incidents of peer-to-peer abuse not being reported to the Chief Inspector as required.
A resident with significant visual impairment was observed to sit unoccupied for hours at a time. The resident was observed to sit against a wall on a dining room chair with a table in front of them for most of the inspection.
In a statement HIQA says it is continuing to monitor these centres closely, and will take further regulatory action if required.