Simpson calls for robust, speedy action in care home case

25 April 2017

DUP Upper Bann MP David Simpson has called for an investigation at a care home in Portadown to be concluded swiftly.

David Simpson MP

Spokesman on Business Innovation & Skills and Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. Member of the DEFRA Committee.

David Simpson

A police investigation has been launched following complaints about the care of patients at Lisnisky Care Home in Portadown. Several patients received hospital treatment as a result of alleged mistreatment and the PSNI are investigating the injuries.

Mr Simpson has met with the Director, Angela McVeigh and Senior PSNI Officers to express his concern about this occurrence and is reassuring patients and family members that this is not indicative of care at these facilities and is being investigated thoroughly.

Speaking after meeting with senior officials and police David Simpson said, “Our first thoughts are with the patient who suffered injury and his family. We pray for his speedy recovery and assure him and his loved ones that this is not being swept under the carpet. I have raised it at the highest levels in both care and policing circles locally.

This is a terrible and shocking situation for anyone to be in, especially those who are our most vulnerable. We place them into the care of professionals and expect that they will be treated with dignity, respect and empathy. We need to protect all in our society but particularly those who are elderly or sick.

In the interests of reassurance for patients and families I want to see this investigation conducted quickly and efficiently. If wrong doing is proven then I expect those individuals to be dealt with by our judicial system and to be rightfully punished.”

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