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Kildare disability centre closed
10 Feb 2016 22:10
St John of God Services have closed a residential centre for people with disabilities and have moved residents from two others following damning inspection reports from the Health Information and Quality Authority.
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The centres are on a campus in Celbridge, Co Kildare which is home to 137 people with intellectual disabilities.
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Reports published today by the watchdog show inspections early last year prompted significant concerns about residents' safety and quality of life at the St Raphael's campus.
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Inspectors then undertook a series of eight unannounced and two announced inspections.
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They uncovered poor outcomes for residents and risks to health and safety.
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Poor managerial oversight and governance arrangements were also a recurrent finding.
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One centre had been run by a succession of three people in the space of six months.
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Understaffing and a highly institutionalised lifestyle was a common criticism, with residents being put to bed from 7pm onwards even in mid-summer.
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HIQA issued notices of proposal to cancel the registration of three of the centres.
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St John of God Services then issued HIQA with plans for the closure of one designated centre, and plans to move a number other residents to improve their safety, welfare and quality of life.
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HIQA says its most recent inspections have found that substantive changes in governance and management have been undertaken across this campus in relation to staffing, persons in charge and other management positions.
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