Fine Gael Meath East TD and member of the Oireachtas Health Committee, Regina Doherty, has today (Tuesday) welcomed the publication by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) of a new guide about the regulation and inspection of disability services. It is being published on HIQA’s website today and copies will be available for distribution to the public and organisations working with people with disabilities.
“As and from this week, HIQA is in charge of a new inspection and regulation system for residential services for people with disabilities. This is a very positive change, and is something which those within the disability sector have been seeking for a number of years. I am very pleased, therefore, that HIQA is publishing this new guide to provide helpful and clear information on how the new system will work.
“The new inspection regime should lead to a higher quality services for people with disabilities. It is hard to believe that inspections of residential disability services were never carried out during the boom, when we had more money and resources to carry them out. Regardless of the delays, it is very positive that inspections will now be carried out, and I think anyone who has any queries about how the new system will work will find HIQA’s guidebook very useful.
“The guide provides information on what services are covered, how inspections will work and how to identify an inspector from HIQA. Residential services covered by the new regime include institutions, supported community living and residential respite services for people with disabilities. The HIQA guide also runs through some of the questions people may have and provides details on how to get further information.
“In the past, people with disabilities, have not had the benefit of an inspectorate to ensure that the highest standards of care are being delivered to them in residential settings on behalf of the State. The new system addresses this problem, and I hope that the guide provided by HIQA will provide reassurance and helpful information on how the inspection and regulation regime will work.”