Waiting for change that never comes

When the expressions of outrage cease, will the state take decisive action on the treatment of the disabled in care centres? Susan Mitchell says history suggests not

31st December, 2014
Mary Garvan resident of the Áras Attracta disability care centre in Swinford, Co Mayo

Few reports on the health service have elicited as much outrage as Bungalow 3. RTÉ’s investigation, aired last week, has catapulted the Áras Attracta disability care centre in Swinford, Co Mayo into the unenviable league of establishments such as Leas Cross.

The Leas Cross nursing home scandal erupted when the Dublin nursing home closed within weeks of an RTÉ report revealing substandard living conditions for elderly patients.

The health sector has...

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