A public nursing home with 41 elderly residents and 20 duty staff has been branded a fire hazard reports The Irish Independent.
According to today’s Irish Independent, a HIQA report found that Dungloe Community Hospital failed to provide the necessary levels of safety to protect residents and staff.
Safety concerns at the nursing home, which is run by the Health Service Executive, included doors which failed to form a complete seal when closed.
The newly published report followed the first independent inspection of the home by inspectors from the Health Information and quality authority last October.
The report noted a high standard of medical, nursing and other healthcare needs.
But it also found that conditions were so cramped that residents had to live in communal "ward-like" rooms.
They were unable to see visitors in private and these arrangements were not appropriate for the provision of people in long-term care.
On the plus side, the residents described the centre as "homely", staff had an interest and commitment to their care and they were able to get up and go to bed when they chose.
In reply to an action plan set out by the inspectors, the HSE said the fire doors would be replaced this month and that it was committed to providing private facilities for residents to meet with visitors.
Meanwhile, Donegal South-West, Fine Gael Deputy, Dinny McGinley, says the safety of patients and staff at Dungloe District Hospital must be addressed.