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Autism Eye – Muckamore Abbey Hospital delayed closure is a “shambles”


A mother or father campaigner says the delayed closure of scandal-hit Muckamore Abbey Hospital in Northern Eire is a “shambles”.

Glynn Brown says the closure of the ability, in County Antrim, is little greater than a poorly deliberate cost-cutting train.

A parent campaigner says the delayed closure of scandal-hit Muckamore Abbey Hospital in Northern Ireland is a “shambles”

Glynn Brown with son Aaron

Run by the Belfast Well being Belief, Muckamore is on the centre of the UK’s largest-ever police probe into the abuse of weak sufferers. A public inquiry can be underway.

Alternative facility

Retired jail officer Brown is the spokesperson for the households’ group Motion for Muckamore.

Brown, from Dundonald, helps the belief’s intention of transferring sufferers into the neighborhood. He additionally thinks well being bosses ought to have had a “good fallback place”.

He mentioned Muckamore’s substitute facility, deliberate by the belief, has solely three beds and this could trigger “chaos up the street”.

Delay in closure

Muckamore handled lots of of sufferers at its top and was set to shut this month.

However Northern Eire’s Division of Well being introduced earlier this week that it could delay the closure after failing to search out neighborhood placements for its remaining sufferers.

It was reported in February that 24 sufferers are nonetheless on the hospital.

Mike Nesbitt MLA, the Well being Minister, mentioned the resettlement course of “could be advanced”. Speeding it risked the “breakdown of particular person neighborhood placements”.

Nesbitt mentioned the “path of journey stays closure”, however setting an extra goal date wouldn’t be “useful to sufferers or households”.

Hospital admits new affected person

Brown, 63, says Muckamore has admitted a brand new affected person inside the previous few months whereas making an attempt to resettle the prevailing sufferers.

He mentioned well being bosses caved in over the admission below stress from a household that threatened authorized motion.

Brown’s son Aaron, 27,  who has autism, consideration deficit hyperactivity dysfunction, epilepsy, a studying incapacity and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (a coronary heart grievance), was held at Muckamore for round 18 months.

Brown mentioned the police are investigating allegations referring to his son’s time there, together with considered one of assault.

Autism Eye approached the Division of Well being for remark, but it surely has not but responded.

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Revealed: 17 June 2024

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