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Commissioner defends Dunmurry Manor care home report

Report: commissioner Eddie Lynch
Report: commissioner Eddie Lynch

By Staff Reporter

The Commissioner for Older People has hit back after the chief executive of Runwood Homes described his damning report into the care of residents at under-fire Dunmurry Manor as "flawed and inaccurate".

The report by the commissioner, Eddie Lynch, found residents suffered “inhumane and degrading” treatment.

But Gordon Saunders, the chief executive of Runwood, which owns Dunmurry Manor, yesterday called the report “flawed and inaccurate”.

He apologised to those families concerned but, in an interview with the BBC, insisted their cases were isolated.

He said the home had been turned around since the report and he was now satisfied that the care was “excellent”.

He also said parts of the report were incorrect and his solicitors were handling the matter, stating that the facility had been given a good report by the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA). Mr Saunders was in Belfast to visit the home and spoke to the broadcaster to “put the record straight”.

The report found a “horrific catalogue of inhumane and degrading treatment,” which Mr Saunders said was “inaccurate”.

Since the report there have been protests over the RQIA’s role and calls for a police investigation.

Mr Saunders said he felt parts of the report were flawed but did not want to go into details as the matter was with his lawyers.

But last night, a spokesperson for the commissioner said Runwood had been given a chance to challenge the findings before the final report was ever published.

He said: “In relation to Mr Saunders’ comments about the commissioner’s investigation into Dunmurry Manor Care Home, all 61 findings of the independent investigation were based on evidence received and were reviewed by the commissioner’s expert panel.

“The draft findings were notified to the relevant authorities, including Runwood Homes Ltd, in January 2018.

“They had an opportunity to test these draft findings and to provide evidence to refute them. Runwood Homes Ltd has until October 2018 to provide a formal response to the commissioner’s recommendations, outlining what will be done, and by when.”

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