HIQA Chair’s position untenable – McDonald

Following evidence given to the Public Accounts Committee today by the Chair of HIQA Brian McEnery Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald TD has described his position within the authority as untenable.

The Dublin Central TD said:

“Despite the restrictions imposed on the committees questioning of HIQA’s Chairperson at today’s meeting of the PAC Brian McEnery’s evidence was truly shocking.

“Mr McEnery confirmed that he did attend a meeting of nursing home operators at the request of Nursing Homes Ireland in October 2015, and that the minutes of this meeting held by the PAC are authentic.

“He also confirmed to the committee that the ratcheting up of additional charges for residents and their families was discussed, as was the boycotting of the Fair Deal scheme, and collective actions such as refusals to admit new residents discharged from hospital.

“The very fact that the Chair of HIQA attended a meeting where such matters were discussed renders his position absolutely untenable. Brian McEnery has to go.

“Nursing Homes Ireland refused to attend today’s meeting and in light of the evidence presented to the Public Accounts Committee I urge the organisations CEO Tadgh Daly to reassess this decision. It is incumbent on him to assist the committee in our work.” CRIOCH