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HSE takes control of Mullross Nursing Home

The move comes after HIQA cancelled the provider’s registration.

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THE HEALTH SERVICE Executive has today taken charge of Mullross Nursing Home in Leitrim following the cancellation of the provider’s registration.

The decision to revoke the licence from 4.30pm was taken by the Health Information and Quality Authority. It comes after Stephen Buckley contacted HIQA to notify it of his intention to cease trading in Carrick-on-Shannon.

There had been regular contact between the watchdog and the provider over outstanding issues from the last inspection report in May 2012, including the management of medicines, staffing problems, maintenance of records and complaints procedures.

Following several meetings, Buckley agreed to have his registration cancelled. The home will not close.

HIQA said it was acting in “the public interest and in the interest of the health, safety and quality of life of the residents”. It has asked the HSE to make alternative arrangements for the management of the nursing home as soon as practicable.

During this time, the Authority will maintain its statutory role in assessing the quality and safety of the services provided to the residents.

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The residence, which was built in 1987 but made into a nursing home in 1995, has a capacity to house up to 30 people.

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