Robinson welcomes opening of Muckamore Inquiry

East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson has welcomed the commencement of the public inquiry into the alleged ill-treatment of patients at Muckamore Abbey.

It was Mr Robinson’s pursuit of his constituent’s concerns that ultimately uncovered the litany of abuse.

By Gavin Robinson MP

Belfast East

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The DUP MP said, “Relatives of the patients at Muckamore, including my constituent Glynn Brown, have never wavered from their determination to uncover the truth. I pay tribute to all those families who attended the first day of hearings and salute their determination and bravery throughout this process.

It is nearly five years ago since I was first made aware of the allegations regarding Muckamore and the number of shocking revelations that followed led me quickly to believe that a public inquiry was the only way to shine a light fully on this heartbreaking outrage. In February 2019 I challenged the former Secretary of State to establish such an inquiry.

It was only when the prospect of this inquiry gained some traction that we saw any movement from the Belfast Trust. Unfortunately, from the start of this process the Trust adopted a closed, defensive and dishonourable stance with families. This inquiry must not only ensure that such a litany of abuse cannot happen ever again, but that real and meaningful change which did not happen following the Hyponatraemia Inquiry must finally be shown to occur within the Trust.”

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