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"Inappropriate" financial practices at autism support schemes

26 SEPTEMBER 2013

BY NIALL MCCRACKEN

ONE of Northern Ireland’s leading providers of support services to children and adults with autism here is under scrutiny following serious concerns about how it manages the finances of its service users.

Six domiciliary care and supported living schemes run by Autism Initiatives Northern Ireland have been criticised following a series of inspections by the Regulation Quality and Improvement Authority (RQIA) in recent weeks.

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The PCC was established in April 2009

Getting complaints heard in the health service: still an uphill struggle

15 AUGUST 2013

A NEW report has criticised Northern Ireland’s leading patient advocacy group for not adequately supporting its service users, The Detail can reveal.

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RQIA inspection reports are published online

Troubled care facility: now replacement service is raising concerns

31 JULY 2013

A DISABILITY charity, brought into run a Belfast care facility after a series of damning inspections saw the previous service provider pull out of Northern Ireland, has now itself been criticised.

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Altnagelvin has always denied responsibility for the harm caused to Mrs McGinley's body

Infection neonatal unit still hasn't had "formal hygiene inspection" by regulator

24 JUNE 2013

THERE has never been a formal hygiene inspection carried out by the health regulator at the neonatal ward where it was announced last week that three babies had the bloodstream infection MSSA.

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A number of staff were suspended at Ralphs Close Care Home

Review sheds new light on vulnerable adult abuse allegations

02 NOVEMBER 2012

NEW information has emerged regarding allegations of abuse of vulnerable adults at a care home in the Western Trust during July and August 2012.

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George Hunter
George Hunter

The flawed patient transfer system which went uncorrected

27 SEPTEMBER 2012

We speak to the family of George Hunter, a former resident at Strangford Court- a private nursing home in Downpatrick. Inadequacies in the homes self styled “hospital passport” system for keeping ‘up to date’ information on its resident’s medications rec

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Dr. Kim Holt
Dr. Kim Holt

Blowing the whistle on health service secrecy

17 APRIL 2012 – NIALL MCCRACKEN

A HEALTH service whistleblower's group has set up in Northern Ireland at a time when concerns about safety in our health and social care system are rarely out of the news.

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Royal Victoria Hospital

Hygiene failures: same hospital, different ward

13 DECEMBER 2011 – NIALL MCCRACKEN

The Chief Executive of Northern Ireland’s independent health regulator has publicly defended the actions of the RQIA following a series of reports by The Detail about its failure to address failing hygiene standards at the Royal Victoria Hospital. Last m

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Royal Victoria Hospital

Failing ward under spotlight once again

22 NOVEMBER 2011 – NIALL MCCRACKEN

THE ward at the centre of an outbreak of Clostridium Difficile at the Royal Victoria Hospital is the same one whose persistent issues with hygiene were highlighted by The Detail five weeks ago.

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Gerry Bond previously give evidence to the Health Committee
Gerry Bond previously give evidence to the Health Committee

Ward still struggling with hygiene after RQIA intervention

19 OCTOBER 2011 – NIALL MCCRACKEN

IT TOOK eight months for the RQIA to respond to Gerry Bond's complaints about ward hygiene after his grandson almost died of an infection and it led to one of its most damning reports, but two years on the ward concerned is still barely making the mark.

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Are the most vulnerable been afforded enough protection?

Regulation in care homes: what does it take to act?

19 OCTOBER 2011 – NIALL MCCRACKEN

IT’S SUPPOSED to be at the heart of patient safety in our health and social care system, but an investigation by The Detail into policing of care homes by thr RQIA raises serious questions about the effectivene

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Inspections can be announced or unannounced

Policing by inspection

19 OCTOBER 2011 – NIALL MCCRACKEN

DETAILS of inspection reports produced by RQIA raise further questions over why the agency has never exercised its powers of sanction. RQIA's favoured tactic appears to have been increasing the number of inspections each time.

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There were almost 1200 reported incidents of alleged abuse against vulnerable adults last year
There were almost 1200 reported incidents of alleged abuse against vulnerable adults last year

1,200 vulnerable adult abuse claims investigated

17 AUGUST 2011 – NIALL MCCRACKEN

New statistics obtained by The Detail highlight a worrying trend in the number of referrals about potential risks to vulnerable adults.

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