Mum says daughter is ‘being left at the mercy of other patients in Muckamore Abbey’

Thursday, 14 December 2017

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CHRONIC staff shortages at Muckamore Abbey Hospital are leaving some residents at the mercy of other deeply disturbed patients, the mother of a young woman entrusted to their care has claimed.
Catherine Fox decided to speak out after the Antrim Guardian revealed that staff morale was nearing 'breaking point' following an exodus of skilled workers.
Trust chiefs hastily convened a meeting to address the darkening mood on the wards, but to little effect sources suggest.
“Morale has hit rock bottom. The atmosphere is terrible. I've never seen it so bad," said one insider.
Another suggested that simmering frustration at the growing workload was boiling over into anger.
“Yes, I'm angry at the lack of respect shown to the staff working in these facilities under occasionally dangerous circumstances and the position management puts them into."
But Mrs Fox has revealed this week that the issues are 'much, much worse' for the residents in their care.
“I feel for the staff but at least they can go home at the end of the day," she said.
*Read the full story in this week's Antrim Guardian


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