Two Dublin nurses say they are being sexually abused at a nursing home where they have worked for six years.
The women, aged 35 and 44, said they were subjected to forced sex and forced drug use at the Maitland-Gardiner nursing home in Dublin’s south-west.
They said they began to feel uncomfortable at the home in June last year.
The two women, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said their boss began abusing them at work when they were in their early 20s.
They were not allowed to leave their home for five weeks at a time.
They say they felt like a criminal and that their boss had also started harassing them.
They spoke to the Irish Independent after a three-day investigation into the case.
They allege that their employer, Mait Landginer, is an unlicensed health care provider.
A spokeswoman for the Nursing and Midwifery Council said it could not comment on individual cases.
Ms Landgimmer did not return phone calls seeking comment.
The nurses have written to Minister for Health Leo Varadkar about their concerns.
The woman said her boss had asked her for money for her medication.
I was scared. “
I didn’t want to do anything that would make him upset.
The second woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said she was also sexually abused while at work at the nursing home. “
My boss told me that he didn’t like me because I had worked at a different hospital, but he didn-t know how to talk to someone.”
The second woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said she was also sexually abused while at work at the nursing home.
She said: “My manager started hitting on me in the hallway, which made me very uncomfortable and scared.”
My boss would say things like ‘If you don’t do this you will be sent to a different nursing home’.
The woman added that she started taking antidepressants to cope with her feelings of anxiety. “
He would make me do oral sex, touching me against my will and giving me drugs.”
The woman added that she started taking antidepressants to cope with her feelings of anxiety.
She also took medication to stop her symptoms of depression.
She claimed she was forced to use heroin, which she said was prescribed by her boss.
Ms Laverty said the nursing homes home was an unregistered health care organisation.
She was working in a unit in which there were three other women, and she said that the nurse supervisor was a man.
The nursing home has denied all allegations made to the Nursing & Midwimery Council. “
There was one time when he was telling me I was too tall, so he said I was only a foot taller than him.”
The nursing home has denied all allegations made to the Nursing & Midwimery Council.
Ms McAllister said the women’s complaints had been made to a nursing supervisor.
She declined to give any further details, saying the case was being handled internally.
She went on to say: “We have a very strong compliance program, but it’s not up to us to take the complaint to the regulator.”
In the wake of the women making their allegations, Mr Varadki said: ‘We will be doing a full review of our regulations and will look at this as part of that.
‘We know that there are some things that are not well understood by the Irish people about the way our health care system works, about what is involved in providing and managing care for people.’
We want to ensure that we protect the best interests of the Irish public.’
Ms Lafter said that while the allegations are serious, she felt the allegations had not been acted upon.
‘It’s just one incident, but they do highlight the fact that there is a lot of problems, especially when it comes to health care.
‘You need to look at the system, what are the services that are available and where they’re being provided.’
She added that the nursing centre had been operating under an exemption from the Health Service Executive, which has a statutory duty to ensure the safety and wellbeing of staff.