Staff morale at Muckamore Abbey ‘hits rock bottom’

Thursday, 30 November 2017

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STAFF morale at Muckamore Abbey Hospital in Antrim is nearing 'breaking point', insiders have claimed.
The hospital has been offering specialist care for adults with a range of complex behavioural and mental problems for almost 70 years, but it now stands at a crossroads.
As recently as the 1980s there were over 1,000 residents, but with the growing focus on community care instead of old-style institutions the numbers have plummeted to almost double figures.
Staffing levels have fallen too. Too far, according to whistleblowers, who fear that there are now too few to contend with the demanding workload placed on their shoulders.
And the mood has darkened in recent days after it emerged that four members of staff have been suspended while police conduct an investigation into the alleged ill-treatment of a small number of patients.
“Morale has hit rock bottom. The atmosphere is terrible. I've never seen it so bad," one insider told the Antrim Guardian.
*Read the full story in this week's Antrim Guardian


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