The Health Service Executive (HSE) has stated that ten staff, together with one agency worker, have been removed from their duties at two care units responsible for the caring of adults with intellectual disabilities, situated in Roscrea, Co Tipperary.
In their statement the HSE says that the Daughters of Charity order, which operate these units on their behalf, have taken this step having receiving a number of complaints from one individual; thus placing “off duty” without prejudice, eleven employees as a protective measure.
The HSE and the centre’s management have notified the health and social services watchdog HIQA and the Gardaí, regarding these alleged complaints.
This investigation comes to light just a week after the HSE announced a separate investigation into care standards at Aras Atttracta, a disability centre in Co Mayo.
The HSE statement further emphasises that staff and clients should make complaints where they become aware of abuse, bad practices or improper attitudes towards any vulnerable person and maintain that they will respond quickly to any such complaints in an appropriate and expeditious manner.
Other complaints can be made directly to the HSE by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.