Muckamore staff 'taking their life in their hands every single day'

Thursday, 9 August 2018

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YET another whistleblower has broken ranks to defend the difficult work carried out in the most challenging circumstances at Muckamore Abbey.
Last week the Antrim Guardian revealed that there have been mass suspensions at the Abbey after the Trust reviewed CCTV recordings, which appeared to show patients being physically abused by staff.
It is understood that other staff are still being interviewed by top brass about their alleged role in the events caught on camera - and more suspensions may be imminent.
The police are also involved, and though the investigations are ongoing the notion of innocent until proven guilty appears to have been put to one side, with the Trust apologising 'unreservedly' for the 'unacceptable situation'.
But their comments have provoked an angry backlash from some frontline staff, past and present.
Last week, a former employee lifted the lid on life on the wards - and it was a disturbing picture of casual and indiscriminate attacks on workers 'doing their best'.
And his concerns have been echoed this week by another well-placed source.
She too has witnessed the harsh reality of life in the Abbey, and has endorsed his grim assessment of the climate of fear sweeping through the hospital.
“I would like to thank the Antrim Guardian for printing the article on the mass suspensions within Muckamore Abbey," she said.
“I can back up what the person you interviewed said. Staff working within that environment take their life in their hands every single day."

*Read the full story in this week's Antrim Guardian


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