The Deputy for Social Policies of Gipuzkoa, Maite Peña, has recognized that 16 of the 116 users of the San Sebastian residence Txara I they spent more time lying down than they should have and that during 9 of the 31 days in August there were fewer nursing hours than those established in the catalog, while they have contextualized these situations in the vacation period.
Peña has been asked at a press conference about the inspection carried out last August in Txara I of San Sebastián that, sAccording to ELA, it revealed that “users were kept without food for 14 hours” something the union has called “inhuman and indecent”.
Peña has remarked that the inspection carried out in Txara “is one of the more than 325 inspections” that the Gipuzkoa Provincial Council carries out annually in residential centers, of which 96% are carried out “without prior notice.”
The inspection was carried out at the holiday period and it was found that “there was an infirmary every day except for nine days, which offered fewer hours than those established”, but it has been clarified that, “as compensation”, “more hours of caregivers” were provided than there should be. Peña who has contextualized the incident with the trouble replacing nursing staff vacations motivated by the pandemic, “it is a structural problem.”
He has also admitted that 16 Txara I users went to bed early and got up later than normal. Faced with this finding, Peña wanted to make it clear that these people “were in bed, they were not locked up” and that all these users “have not been without eating, they have been offered a recipe”, even though they have been lying down “longer than which is considered to be beneficial to them. “
Peña has indicated that in this inspection in Txara I “several issues have been found and procedures have been established, as always in all inspections, to improve what has been detected”, after which a follow-up is done.
The deputy has indicated that from now on there is “a period of time to improve” the center and it is checked again “if the protocols have been complied with.”
ELA requests a meeting with the Provincial Council
The Union IS IT OVER THERE has denounced in a statement that private companies “forget that they work with people who have the right to be cared for in a dignified manner.” It remarks that the complaints confirm that “we must hire more workers and increase the direct service ratios” as demanded by the workers of the residences of Gipuzkoa, who carry 252 days on strike.
In this sense, ELA makes “special mention” to the situation of the nurse ratios and ensures that in some centers “there are days in which only eight hours of nursing are offered, when the user signs for a 24-hour-a-day service” .
According to the union, some residents “can go to breakfast without having been properly cleaned” there are users who “vomit their dinner because they put them to bed as soon as they finish eating” due to the “work speed imposed by the companies” that manage the centers.
“All this happens with the protection” of the Diputación that “subsidizes” management companies and is “responsible” for assigning the ratios, says ELA, which has asked the deputy for Social Policies, Maite Peña, to accept the request made by this union to maintain a meeting destined to redirect the situation.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.