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New Legislation in Ireland After Report of “Horrifying” Cases of Abuse

“Horrifying” abuse of elders in care facilities – Ireland says it must stop.  Following the recent investigation of a Dublin nursing home, Ireland will pass legislation to prevent future incidents. The investigation found cases of gross negligence and elder abuse that the Minister of State for Older People called “quite horrifying.” The new legislation will give the Health Information and Quality Authority power over “congregated settings where people with disabilities [live.]”

The Minister went on to explain that, “if we did not have a body like that which is charged with inspection and with the power to revoke licenses, it’s just horrific to think this would go on and on with nobody with the power to stop it,” and that “the Government [will] ensure that whistleblower legislation was introduced to ensure vulnerable people  [are] protected.”

Unfortunately, in our own state, Minnesota has been ranked as one of the worst states in the U.S. for investigating complaints of abuse occurring in care facilities, as the Star Tribune reported on the front page of its June 6, 2011 edition. The Minnesota Health Department has failed to meet federal guidelines for investigating reports of abuse in each of the past four years.  In fact, as the Star Tribune reports, according to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Minnesota failed to do its job correctly in 40 percent of cases in 2008 and 2009.

We at the Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm commend the Ireland Department of Health’s efforts against elder abuse. But, as the Star Tribune article reveals, you might not be able to count on our State’s government to effectively take action against abuse in care facilities.  If you believe that a loved one has suffered abuse at a nursing home or other care facility that promise to care for vulnerable adults, take action now and contact theKosieradzki Smith Law Firm online or call us toll free at (877) 552 2873 to set up a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.

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