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Commissioner’s response to Committee report on the use of antipsychotic medication in care homes

17.5.18

Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Sarah Rochira, said:

“I strongly welcome the publication today of the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee’s report on the use of antipsychotic medication in care homes, an issue that I highlighted as part of my Review into the quality of life and care of older people living in care homes in Wales.

“Whilst it can be appropriate to use antipsychotic medication in some cases, the inappropriate use of these powerful drugs can have a devastating impact on older people and is quite simply unacceptable.

“The report reflects and builds upon the findings of my Care Home Review, making clear that a wide range of action is needed to ensure that antipsychotic medication is not prescribed inappropriately to some of our most vulnerable older people.

“I expect, as will older people and their families across Wales, a positive response from the Welsh Government and a commitment to take meaningful action in response to the Committee’s recommendations to address the issues identified within the report.”

Click here to read the Committee's Report - Use of Antipsychotic Medication in Care Homes