Care home board rejects assault accusations
The board of a Christchurch residential facility has hit back at claims it failed to act after an intellectually-disabled woman in its care was allegedly assaulted.
The Ministry of Health has appointed temporary managers to the Mary Moodie Family Trust facility in Ferry Rd after at least 16 complaints from concerned family members in the last six months.
The Press reported on Monday that parent Fay Gillman was angry no action had been taken by the trust or the Health Ministry after her daughter Leanne, a resident at the facility for about 20 years, was allegedly assaulted by two staff members in separate incidents earlier this year.
Gillman claimed there had been issues of neglect and abuse at the facility "for a long time".
A statement sent to The Press by the trust's board yesterday said the comments were "misleading and unhelpful".
The trust had been in operation for many years and a number of its residents had been in its care for a long time, the statement said.
"Mrs Gillman is resident in Brisbane. She has limited contact with her daughter. Other than making those observations and for the benefit of Leanne the trust will bestow upon Mrs Gillman the charity of its silence."
The trust said it understood the police investigations into the two alleged assaults against Leanne were "largely concluded".
"The board expects confirmation that the alleged assaults on Leanne will be found to have nothing to do with the trust nor with people connected with the trust."
Health Ministry disability support services group manager Toni Atkinson told The Press that temporary managers were working with the trust's management after issues were unable to be resolved between the manager, the trust's board and the families.
The board's statement said it would "have been sensible" for the ministry to make no comment on its dealings with the board.
"The ministry has issues of its own. The board has taken legal advice on certain recent actions of the ministry. The board is following that advice and will be taking the ministry to task over its own recent actions relative to the trust.
"As this involves dispute resolution and litigation, it is inappropriate for the trust board to make any further comment."
Gillman said she was angry at the trust's claim she was in limited contact with her daughter.
She phoned Leanne "almost every day" and Leanne had visited her in Brisbane twice this year.
A police spokesman told The Press last night the inquiries were continuing.
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