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Belfast Trust dismisses claim Muckamore Abbey Hospital admissions stopped

Muckamore Abbey Hospital
Muckamore Abbey Hospital

Belfast Trust has dismissed suggestions from a union the scandal hit Muckamore Abbey Hospital has stopped taking new admissions.

The Belfast branch of public sector union NIPSA said it had been told by its members the hospital, which provides inpatient facilities for vulnerable individuals with learning difficulties and mental health problems, had stopped admitting patients.

Posting on social media, a NIPSA spokesperson said: "We're hearing Muckamore Abbey Hospital have stopped, on a temporary basis at least, taking new admissions. We can't confirm this however as there has been no discussion with trade unions.

"We've heard instead from members concerned about this development."

A spokeswoman for Belfast Trust said "no decision" had been taken to stop admissions at the hospital.

An investigation at Muckamore Abbey Hospital is under way after allegations of abuse by staff against vulnerable patients.

Since November 2017, 13 members of staff have been suspended after allegations of ill-treatment were made.

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