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'No sexual predator' at Dunmurry Manor care home, says watchdog

Watchdog Chief Olive McLeod has moved to clarify claims around sexual abuse at Dunmurry Manor Care Home.

Mrs McLeod's comments comes after the Commissioner for Older People in Northern Ireland's report into poor conditions and poor treatment of residents at Dunmurry Manor.

Among the shocking catalogue of deficiencies found was a failure to act over resident-on-resident sex abuse, elderly people left for hours in urine-soaked clothing, residents going without food and water and some going without medication for three weeks at a time.

In one particularly upsetting example of neglect uncovered by the Commissioner, a resident’s bone was exposed as a result of a pressure sore that had been left to fester.

An independent review will be carried out in relation to the actions of the Health and Social Care system's involvement in failings at the care home.

However, RQIA Chief Executive Mrs McLeod told the BBC that she was disappointed by the investigation into the home.

"My team and I were interviewed for around 26 hours. We provided many arch lever files of information.

"The commissioner has chosen to interpret that information in a specific way. When I challenged that, it just wasn't accepted."

Mrs McLeod said that the sexual abuse in the home was between patients and common in care homes with people suffering from dementia.

"What was reported to us was disinhibited sexual behaviour by both male and female patients and that behaviour can be a symptom of distress that you see in people with dementia.

"It was reported to the safeguarding board and it was managed. There was one particular patient that was very challenging in there.

"I don't believe there was any sexual predator in that home. It was very distressing for those families particularly the females who were subjected to it but is also a common feature in homes."

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