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Dunmurry Manor: Independent review ordered into care home

An independent review has been commissioned to investigate the scandal-hit Dunmurry Manor Care home in Northern Ireland.

A report by the Commissioner for Older People found residents suffered "inhumane and degrading" treatment at the care home. However, owners Runwood Homes disputed the findings saying cases highlighted were "isolated".

On Monday the Department of Health announced it had commissioned an independent review into "care failings at Dunmurry Manor Care Home, focusing on the actions of the Health and Social Care system".

The review will consider how health authorities responded to issues at the home and identify lessons to be learned for the future. The social care consultancy firm CPEA is to carry out the review and comes after the department announced a range of measures to address concerns with the care home sector back in June.

The department said it will work urgently with the organisation to agree terms of reference and how it will undertake the review.

A departmental spokesperson said: “As the Permanent Secretary has made clear, the Department of Health takes very seriously the issues which have emerged from Dunmurry Manor. 

"This independent review, which we have commissioned CPEA to carry-out, will give us a clear picture of how these care failings came about and, crucially, how we can put systems in place to prevent them occurring again.”

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