Friday June 5, 2020

A nightmare in care

Cases of Grace and Ann could be the tip of iceberg, says whistleblower

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

7th February, 2016
Although the HSE knew about the foster home situation for two years, its chief executive Tony O’Brien said it lacked the legal powers to end it – despite, ultimately, ‘bluffing’ to do

It will be some time before anything like the truth emerges about the failings in care standards surrounding the foster home abuse scandal in the south-east.

The overarching question is why, in 1996, did a three-person health board panel reverse a decision to remove a young woman, referred to as Grace, from the home when credible allegations of rape, neglect and severe physical abuse had been made. It is alleged her file notes recorded that...

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