Wicklow Sinn Féin TD John Brady has called on Health Minister Simon Harris to initiate a fully independent investigation into the management and governance of Sunbeam House Service and the handling of complaints of physical, sexual and psychological abuse at the centre.
Teachta Brady was speaking after a HSE Commissioned Assurance Review of Sunbeam House highlighted 284 complaints over a two and a half year period and thirty-three serious safeguarding allegations in a ten month period in 2016.
The complaints included neglect and allegations of physical, sexual, psychological and financial abuse.
Speaking today Teachta Brady said;
“I have been dealing with some of the families of residents in Sunbeam House behind the scenes for some time now and some of the stories of their loved ones experiences are horrific.
“The Assurance Review, commissioned by the HSE, was published on their website on the 14th of March. It was removed again in the 15th of March.
“I have seen a copy of the report and it is very concerning.
“I am aware that Minister Harris is to meet the families and is considering launching an independent investigation.
“I believe the Assurance Review Report confirms the need for such an investigation to be launched and the Minister must take that course of action.
“He must also ensure that the planned merger with another company is put on hold until after a independent investigation takes place.”