Reports of abuse from elderly care homes in Ireland rise by 20%. Age Action express concern at HIQA (Health Information and Quality Authority) findings.

The latest report from the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) shows that there were 424 allegations of 'suspected or confirmed abuse of a resident' at state-monitored nursing homes in Ireland last year. This is compared to 357  in 2014 – a rise of 67 allegations.

Mary Dunnion, chief inspector with HIQA said that progress had been made in “some areas” in 2015, but that providers of residential care services “must continue to drive improvements in 2016″.
Under the Health Act 2007, those in charge of care centres are required to notify Hiqa of specified events regarding the disruption of care to residents. Age action has expressed serious concerns following the publication of this report. Three homes were shut down in 2015.

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