Thursday, 17 December 2020
Department of Health
Disability Services Provision
575. To ask the Minister for Health if an immediate long-term placement will be provided for a person (details supplied); the action to be taken by him to accommodate the person and other residents affected; the reason for the sudden decision to close the facility and the complete lack of engagement with the residents and families concerned; the date his Department and the HSE were informed of the closure; and if a process will be put in place to inform all concerned including the staff. [44344/20]
I thank the deputy for the question.
It is important in the first instance to note that Camphill Communities of Ireland (CCoI) is not closing the Dunshane Camphill Community. CCoI Dunshane accommodates 26 adults with intellectual disabilities in eight residential buildings. Fire safety issues have been identified in one of the houses in the community, and remedial works will be necessary. CCoI have communicated to the HSE and to HIQA their intention to have these works carried out.
CCoI state that the decision is based on careful consideration of internal and external specialist advice, and has been ratified by their board based on the overwhelming requirement to protect the safety and well-being of their residents. There are normally 7 residents in the particular setting. CCoI is liaising with the families of the residents and are putting in place plans to provide alternative accommodation for the residents while the works are being carried out. All residents will be accommodated within CCoI services.