Clinical assessments on the 12 residents of the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea were completed in May and were not paused as had been the understanding.

That’s the update given to Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins by Chief Executive Officer of the HSE Tony Canavan this week.

Concerns were raised with Senator Hopkins by family advocate Liam Walsh yesterday, that the clinical assessments were continuing, despite the fact that Minister Jim Daly had requested they be paused.

Mr Canavan told Senator Hopkins that he had replied to Minister Daly’s letter requesting the pause and told him that he was not possible for him to agree to a pause on the assessments of the residents.

He also said the clinical assessments were in fact completed in May of this year and now an independent review of those assessments is now taking place.

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