Brothers of Charity strongly criticised in HIQA report

The Brothers of Charity in Roscommon town have been strongly criticised by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) and the centre remains ‘non-compliant’ in a number of areas, they said.

  In its inspection report released on Tuesday, HIQA found that, of the 12 outcomes inspected, nine were moderately non-compliant, one was majorly non-complaint and just two were either compliant or substantially compliant.

  This was the third inspection the health watchdog carried out on the centre, which comprises one house divided into two units in the county town.

  It provides residential and respite accommodation and support services for seven adults with moderate to severe intellectual disability.

  The inspection was carried out to monitor improvements made with regard to non-compliances found last December.

  However, HIQA’s latest report said: “On this inspection, the inspector found that the provider and person-in-charge had not taken sufficient action to address all of the non-compliances identified on the previous two inspections.

  “The inspector found that the governance and management of the centre continued to be inadequate.

  “For example, of the 21 actions reviewed from the previous inspection, five were complete, three actions were partially addressed and 13 actions remained active.”

  Other areas that HIQA found continued to require action included: promoting residents’ right, dignity and consultation, safe and suitable premises, managing risks, safeguarding and safety, resources and staffing.

  However, the most damning finding was in relation to the governance and management of the centre, which HIQA found to be “majorly non-compliant”.

  They said: “There were two actions issued following the last inspection and these were not addressed…For example, risks in relation to complaints and environmental restraint had not been adequately addressed.”

  HIQA also found that the persons-in-charge had current roles and responsibilities which were “too extensive.”

  They also noted that restrictive practices were continuing to be used in the centre, due to “inadequate staffing.”