Hiqa: Roscommon centre didn’t address failings

The health watchdog is considering ‘regulatory action’ against a centre for people with intellectual disabilities in Roscommon.

In an inspection report released today, the Health Information and Quality Authority also claims the Brothers of Charity’s response to the fire issues highlighted was inadequate.

In September, Hiqa carried out an unannounced inspection on the Brothers of Charity’s Azalea Services in Roscommon, which catered for four people with intellectual disabilities in two houses.

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The examination was carried out after a highly critical inspection last March when seven major noncompliances were found.

On this occasion, significant improvements were recorded – of the ten outcomes examined, nine were found to be fully compliant, but one remained major noncompliant.

The Brothers of Charity claims this is due to a lack of resources.

Hiqa said the provider had made significant changes to governance and management of the centre, which had a positive impact on residents.

The major noncompliance related to health and safety risk management, with fire issues remaining.

The watchdog says the Brothers of Charity in Roscommon had conflicting procedures in place in the centre, which led to confusion among staff about the correct evacuation procedure in the event of an emergency.

However, the provider says this issue has now been addressed.

Hiqa also found there were no fire doors in the centre to support staff and residents to detect the location of a fire and to contain a blaze in the event of an emergency.

The regulator told the provider to make adequate arrangements for detecting, containing and extinguishing fires.

However, Hiqa says the action plan submitted by the Brothers of Charity didn’t address the failings identified in the report.

Because of that, it has decided not to publish this action plan and is considering further regulatory action.

Responding to the Hiqa report, the Brothers of Charity in Roscommon insists there are adequate measures in place to deal with a fire at the centre if it broke out.

Its director of services, Margaret Glacken, says all the issues have been addressed except those that require resources that it doesn’t currently have.

She says fire doors have been installed since the Hiqa’s inspection, but not fire panels.