‘Chronic underfunding major factor in non-compliance issues’
‘Savage cutbacks have resulted in deteriorating services and major staff shortages’
Sligo News File Online
Fianna Fáil Sligo-Leitrim Senator Marc Mac Sharry has called on the Government to provide the necessary funding to ensure that Cregg House is brought in line with national standards. It comes following the publication of a report into practices at the Sligo care home, which found that staffing levels were critically low and was “having a direct impact on the quality of life for residents”.
Senator Mac Sharry said, “This damning report from the health watchdog HIQA has pointed to a number of deficiencies in care standards at the centre, all of which are linked to the series of cuts implemented by this Government over the past four years. These savage cutbacks have resulted in deteriorating services and major staff shortages.
“Staff at Cregg House go above and beyond their duty in the face of HSE mismanagement. They’re being forced to work in extremely challenging and stressful conditions and have been to the forefront of service cuts.
“Residents have been badly impacted by these callous budget cuts, which have been forced on them by a cruel and uncaring Government. Despite pleas from the Daughters of Wisdom, who previously ran the facility, to sanction the necessary funding to maintain service levels, the Government refused to listen and placed the centre into HSE management without the sufficient monetary support.
“These bullish moves have reduced services to their current levels, whereby some of the practices at the residential unit have been deemed unsafe by HIQA. This damning report must act as an alarm bell for Minister Leo Varadkar and his cabinet colleagues. They cannot continue to ignore the chronic underfunding at this care home, especially when it is having a negative impact on residents and staff.
“One hundred and eight people consider Cregg House their home. The Government has a duty of care to them to ensure that their home is safe and that they are getting the care and treatment they need. I am once again calling on the Health Minister to review the funding structure for Cregg House and sanction an increase without delay”.