Heading calls for introduction of CCTV in care homes
Councillor Heading commented:
"After recent instances of neglect in a number of our homes across Northern Ireland, it is vital that we introduce measures to ensure instances like the Dunmurry Manor scandal never occur again.
"It is regretful that we are at this point. However, as political representatives it is our duty to ensure that the most vulnerable in our society are cared for and kept safe from harm.
"There is of course other factors at play, such as the scarce resourcing and under staffing in residential and nursing homes, as well as the privatisation of care homes- an issue that urgently needs addressed by the Department of Health.
"However, in the interim we must do all we can to protect residents for harm, and if introducing mandatory CCTV in care homes keeps residents safer, then all public representatives have a duty to support that. This small step will go a long way to reassuring families that their loved ones are safe, as well as capturing the pressurised conditions that staff are facing day and daily.
"It is my hope that this will receive cross-party support at council level and that we see the introduction of CCTV as soon as practically possible."