Leas Cross Report to be Newsdumped Tomorrow
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The Leas Cross situation was farce heaped upon horror as the initial report of Prof Des O Neill ran aground. First its publication was delayed becuase of ‘legal problems’ posed to the HSE by the narrow terms of reference. Harney refused to countenance a second inquiry before setting up a second inquiry. Let us recall what Mr O Neill found:
On restraints, the report says an alarming number of the Leas Cross residents were noted as being nursed in Buxton Chairs, and although there was a written policy on restraints, there is only evidence of one relatively cursory attempt at surveying restraints and consent…
The report says the nursing qualifications and staffing at Leas Cross were clearly deficient in terms of specialist expertise, nursing numbers and nursing infrastructure.
“This is perhaps the single most grievous area of concern of practice within the nursing home.”
The review looked at the A&E records of 46 of the patients who died in Beaumont Hospital following transfer from Leas Cross. Twenty of these patients who died had renal failure, often at elevated levels, for which dehydration was likely to be a contributory factor, particularly given the routine lack of fluid charts in Leas Cross, the report noted.
Pressure sores were noted in 12 patients, and six patients had swallow disorders.
The second inquiry was due to report last September but the volume of replies meant that was delayed. The report was finally delivered to Minister Harney late last month and has been unpublished for 2-3 weeks. As fate would have it tomorrow, the day when almost every news and current affairs watcher is preoccupied with the An Bord Snip report, the report gets published.
Quite the newsdump by Minister Harney.