HIQA critical of northwest facility for intellectual disabilities

The health watchdog has slammed a centre for people with intellectual disabilities in the northwest.

All of the ‘outcomes’ inspection by the Health Information and Quality Authority at the Suaimhneas centre in Sligo were found to be noncompliant.


In April, Hiqa carried out an unannounced inspection of the HSE-run Suaimhneas centre in Sligo, which provides residential services to four people with intellectual disabilities in the northwest, including Leitrim.

The background to the inspection is the watchdog had raised concerns with the HSE national director over the significant and ongoing levels of noncompliance in centres operated by the executive in the northwest.

In the latest inspection, five ‘outcomes’ were inspected – four of which were majorly noncompliant, with one moderately so.

Hiqa claims significant improvements were required in the centre, in social-care needs, health, safety and risk management, safeguarding and safety management, governance and management and workforce.

Issues were also found with fire-safety procedures and restrictive practices.

Hiqa has strongly criticised the level of progress being made after previous reports, saying the centre demonstrated poor deadline achievement.

The HSE hasn’t yet responded to requests for comment from Shannonside FM, but has outlined to Hiqa how it’ll address the issues highlighted.