Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín TD has raised the complete lack of oversight of the Scientology residential Drug Rehabilitation Centre in Ballivor with the new Minister for Drugs Frank Feighan.
Tóibín stated in the Dáil; “there are no minimum standards at all for these patients who are addicted to drugs who will pay big money for the use of the Scientology Residential Drug Rehabilitation in Ballivor. In response to a question that I asked of the HSE before, they said “there was no evidence of the efficacy of the treatment” at all. HIQA do not visit these types of institutions and the HSE claim that they have no duty of care to the patients”.
“This is absolutely wrong. These patients are some of the most vulnerable in society. Many with have significant mental health issues. The state has a duty of care. There must be minimum standards of treatment and oversights in the shape of visits by HIQA. I have called on the Minister to develop legislation to ensure the necessary protections”.
“Evidence of Efficacy, minimum standards and site visits to ensure safe keeping of patients may make the Church of Scientology business unfeasible. It may prevent it from functioning in the future. Already one previous FG Minister has washed their hands of this shocking situation. We will continue to ramp up pressure on this new Minister Frank Feighan to do the right think by these patients and the people of south Meath”.