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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Patient-abuse probe investigates four more staff at Aras Attracta

The HSE commissioned investigation is now looking into the actions of 18 staff at the home for people with disabilities in Swinford, Co Mayo
The HSE commissioned investigation is now looking into the actions of 18 staff at the home for people with disabilities in Swinford, Co Mayo

The conduct of four more staff at Aras Attracta is being investigated as the alleged abuse of patients there is probed.

The HSE commissioned investigation is now looking into the actions of 18 staff at the home for people with disabilities in Swinford, Co Mayo.

The inquiry was sparked last year by the broadcast of footage recorded by an undercover reporter from RTE's Prime Time.

Sources said the four staff had been identified during the course of a Trust in Care investigation being headed up by Christy Lynch, a disability services expert and chief executive of the Kare disability organisation in Kildare.

It is understood the investigation involves analysis of further footage which was never broadcast.

No decision has been made on whether the four members of staff will be allowed to continue working while the investigation progresses.

Other staff identified during the course of the probe have been taken off duty.

"As part of the ongoing Trust in Care investigation into Aras Attracta, and following viewing of the Prime Time footage by the investigation team, a number of additional staff will now form part of the Trust in Care investigation. Due process is under way at this stage," a HSE statement read.

The health authority reassured families that plans were in place to ensure that there was no disruption in service to residents.

Six staff members - five women and one man - are facing charges of assault arising out of the secret film.

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