Residential disability centres: Fewer that 2% comply with all regulations

Fewer than 2% of residential centres for people with disabilities comply fully with regulations.

In a series of reports published by the health standards authority HIQA, only three out of 190 centres were found to be fully compliant with all the regulations.

Meanwhile, almost 20% of residential centres failed to fully comply with any of the regulations.

Some of the more serious failures related to fire safety, and the proper use of restraints.

The findings follow a HIQA report on standards at Aras Attracta in Swinford in Co Mayo, following the death of a 72-year-old resident.

HIQA inspectors found that some residents at the centre were underweight, and some of the service users went for 15 hours without food.

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