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Dunmurry Manor Care Home scandal: SDLP leader calls for senior health officials to be investigated by police

Colum Eastwood
Colum Eastwood

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood has called on the PSNI to investigate senior health officials in Northern Ireland following a damning report into Dunmurry Manor Care Home.

The disturbing report by the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland, published earlier this month, found that residents at the care home endured horrific treatment- including physical and sexual assaults.

Runwood Homes Ltd, which operates Dunmurry Manor, said it took "full responsibility for the failures.

Mr Eastwood, speaking on the Nolan Show, said he would be raising the issue with PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton during a meeting next Tuesday.

He said he was "appalled and shocked" by the report and agreed that the PSNI should investigate senior health officials for potential misfeasance in public office. There is no suggestion any crime has been committed at this stage.

"I want to know, where the level of accountability is going to be and we will ask the same questions of the health department because we just can't allow in society these kinds of things to go on unchecked," the Foyle MLA said.

Dunmurry Manor care home in Belfast

"I will be asking him [chief constable] what his plan is in dealing with, what could be, and I have to be careful around it, what could be matters for the police in our view.

"We will be examining that with him next Tuesday, we cannot in this society, whether it is in public bodies or private bodies, have people's rights being abused in that way."

He backed calls for public money, paid to Runwood Homes Ltd by the Department of Health for the care of residents, to be given back but admitted this would be difficult to do due the absence of the Executive at Stormont.

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