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# hiqa - Monday 11 December, 2017

Multiple allegations of sexual and physical abuse against disability care staff

The concerns are all raised in documents released by Hiqa (the Health and Quality Authority) to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act.

# hiqa - Thursday 7 December, 2017

Rusty tables, foul smells and no privacy: Nursing home ordered to improve after concerning inspection

The centre provides care for the sick and aged population in Dublin.

# hiqa - Tuesday 21 November, 2017

'Major non-compliance': 82 foster carers in Cork did not have up-to-date Garda vetting

HIQA has written to the COO of Tusla about the risks that were identified.

# hiqa - Tuesday 14 November, 2017

Concerns raised after residents left for hours without breakfast at disability centre

14 incidents of potential abuse have been identified at Stewarts Care in Dublin.

# hiqa - Monday 13 November, 2017

Irish Coast Guard and Air Corps no longer able to transport patients to UK at night

‘Priority 1′ transfers involve transporting patients by air to another country for emergency medical treatment.

# hiqa - Sunday 12 November, 2017

Fees at centre for residents with autism to be probed over concerns about 'unknown criteria'

An inspection report found fees were still being paid into the account of a service provider that had its registration cancelled a year beforehand.

# hiqa - Monday 6 November, 2017

'Physically and psychologically abusive' situation reported at Kilkenny care centre

The centre provides long-term residential care to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

# hiqa - Wednesday 1 November, 2017

Concerns raised about how residents would exit disability centre in event of fire

While there were master keys to individual units at the centre, there was no clarity as to how these could be located in an emergency.

# hiqa - Thursday 19 October, 2017

Health watchdog boss says he was at controversial 'boycott Fair Deal Scheme' meeting

Chairman of Hiqa, Brian McEnery, attended a meeting in 2015, which has sparked a potential investigation into the private nursing home sector.

# hiqa - Friday 6 October, 2017

'High-risk' physical and chemical restraint still in use at Limerick care centre

Hiqa said that the procedures at a daughters of Charity care centre continued to present “a risk to residents’ health and safety”.

# hiqa - Monday 2 October, 2017

Children 'subjected to atmosphere of fear' due to issues at residential centre

A report found that improvements followed the appointment of an interim centre manager.

# hiqa - Thursday 10 August, 2017

Residents at disability centre spat at and under constant threat of aggression

An inspection from Hiqa found a number of issues at Broadleaf Manor in Kildare.

# hiqa - Tuesday 8 August, 2017

Some foster carers in Kerry, Galway and Roscommon are not being vetted enough

Two new Hiqa reports have identified a number of shortcomings.

# hiqa - Saturday 5 August, 2017

Nursing home told to change bedroom after inspection finds residents had no personal space or privacy

Investigators found that four residents had been using the room.

# hiqa - Friday 4 August, 2017

'Crying and shivering': Residents and staff at disability care centre describe fear and vulnerability

A report on this centre in Limerick is one of 22 Hiqa inspections that were published today.

Kerry nursing home told its system for residents' cash is 'not secure'

An inspection in April this year also found some staff had not received training in medication management and infection control.

# hiqa - Friday 14 July, 2017

Just one shower for 24 people at elderly residential home

A Hiqa report found that bags of soiled washing were stored under beds at St Joseph’s Hospital in Ennis.

# hiqa - Wednesday 12 July, 2017

'This should be the bare minimum we expect': Fostering service to close down in wake of damning report

Fresh Start Foster Care Service said it was ceasing operations due to “ongoing difficulties in relation to retention and recruitment of staff”.

# hiqa - Thursday 6 July, 2017

'They simply can't afford it': Older people being priced out of nursing homes

Age Action has said some nursing homes are charging “extortionate costs”.

# hiqa - Tuesday 4 July, 2017

Study to begin on rolling out free HPV vaccine scheme to boys

The HPV virus can lead to cervical, penile and throat cancer in some cases.

# hiqa - Monday 12 June, 2017

Elderly residents at Clare hospital stay in bed all day as 'they've nowhere else to go', court hears

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) is attempting to close St Joseph’s Hospital to further admissions until 2021.

# hiqa - Friday 9 June, 2017

Volunteer accused of abuse was allowed to keep working at disability service for years

Hiqa found that management at Camphill in Kilkenny repeatedly failed to address safeguarding of residents.

# hiqa - Monday 29 May, 2017

Irish women may need fewer smear tests to screen for cervical cancer HPV

Irish women may need fewer smear tests to screen for cervical cancer

Hiqa is recommending a HPV test first instead.

# hiqa - Thursday 25 May, 2017

'Huge concerns' over future of disability service in Kilkenny

The centre at Ballytobin is to be transferred to the HSE.

# hiqa - Sunday 21 May, 2017

'Behind each of these numbers is a child that needs help': The business of fostering in Ireland

The State spends over €100 million on foster care each year but Tusla’s role in providing this care is under sharp scrutiny.

# hiqa - Thursday 11 May, 2017

'HIQA does not yet have the legal mandate to assess the services of the most vulnerable'

There are still groups of vulnerable people who are outside of HIQA’s remit and are thus at risk of abuse or neglect, writes Phelim Quinn.

# hiqa - Monday 8 May, 2017

One-fifth of Irish people have witnessed poor care for the elderly

A significant number of people have witnessed physical or emotional abuse in home care services.

# hiqa - Thursday 4 May, 2017

HSE takes legal action to prevent closure of Clare hospital for the elderly

According to health authority HIQA the action by the HSE is the first of its kind.

# hiqa - Tuesday 2 May, 2017

Residents' favourite foods withheld: The problems found in Ireland's care services

At one hospital, “patients who were unable to walk did not have access to fresh drinking water”.

# hiqa - Monday 1 May, 2017

Want to give feedback on your hospital treatment? From today, you can

Patients discharged between now and the end of May will be able to complete the National Patient Experience Survey.

# hiqa - Thursday 20 April, 2017

Children abscond from Tusla care centre 42 times in five months

No further admissions will be made to the Tusla centre until these issues are fixed.

# hiqa - Tuesday 18 April, 2017

Foster service in south central Dublin had 'significant risks' for children

All other 21 headings “require improvement”.

# hiqa - Monday 10 April, 2017

Here's the official advice on how to quit smoking (and it doesn't include vaping)

Ireland’s health authority has recommended that the government wait for more studies before endorsing e-cigarettes.

# hiqa - Friday 24 March, 2017

Deficiencies in ambulance service putting patients in Dublin at risk, says Hiqa

Hiqa said that a detailed plan for ambulance services across Dublin didn’t exist.

# hiqa - Wednesday 15 March, 2017

21 reports of abuse in a month prompts inspection of Dublin disabilities centre

Hiqa inspected Ashington Centre, Dublin 7 after reports of physical and verbal abuse of residents.

# hiqa - Friday 17 February, 2017

HIQA serves closure notices to Louth disability services as sites deemed unfit for purpose

The facility at Drumcar has been the subject of a number of HIQA inspections in the past.

# hiqa - Sunday 12 February, 2017

Lack of dental care sees nursing home patients needing up to 20 teeth extracted at once

One of country’s senior dentists reveals some nursing homes neglecting duty of care to elderly.

# hiqa - Thursday 5 January, 2017

Success of e-cigarettes cautiously backed by Hiqa report

Data from Healthy Ireland reveals that 29% of smokers currently use e-cigarettes as an aid to quitting smoking.

# hiqa - Wednesday 28 December, 2016

Elderly care patient discovered 'lying on the bedroom floor covered in urine and faeces' Exclusive

Records released detail complaints received by Hiqa in relation to nursing homes.

# hiqa - Tuesday 6 December, 2016

End-of-life care plans at Galway nursing home left blank

There was also no nurse in charge on the day of a Hiqa inspection.

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