Police found no evidence and welfare agency that runs hostel denies claims A nurse who previously worked in a hostel run by a welfare agency has threatened to file a complaint with the ombudsman against the Social Welfare Department for failing to investigate complaints of alleged physical abuse of two mentally disabled residents. Assisted by legislator Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung, the nurse who only identified herself as Ms Lee, a former employee of welfare agency Fu Hong Society, also plans to lodge a formal complaint with the chief executive over the department's failure to supervise the hostel. It is alleged the two residents were found with bruises on their legs. The Fu Hong Society last night said it could not identify the cause of the injuries and denied any abuse had occurred in the hostel. Dr Cheung said the alleged abuses which happened in late 2004 and last year, respectively, involved two victims and at least one abuser. The social welfare legislator said he had reported the cases to the police after he received a complaint from the Fu Hong Society Employees General Union earlier this year, but officers did not pursue the alleged abuse cases due to lack of evidence. Dr Cheung said he had also passed on the information to the Social Welfare Department. Lam Ying-hing, organising secretary of Fu Hong Society Employees General Union, accused the society of hiding the facts. 'A nurse, who is our member, complained to the society about the abuse situation with two of the mentally disabled residents who were found with haematomas [bruising on] their legs in late-2004 and mid-2005 respectively,' Ms Lam said. 'Nevertheless the society did not make a serious investigation into the matter and even allowed one of the suspected abusers to leave.' The nurse claimed she was unfairly treated as she was forced to quit after reporting the alleged abuses. Fu Hong Society executive director Leung Siu-kum denied the accusations and said there were no valid grounds for the allegations. 'The probes were gone through by the police and they found no evidence of abuse. We had given all the details to the police,' Ms Leung said. 'There could be many causes for bruises among the residents. Our internal investigation had shown no signs of abuse. We had records of the haematomas mentioned, but their causes were yet to be identified.' Ms Leung said the Social Welfare Department had contacted the society over the matter, but she insisted the major point was to maintain high standards of service for its residents. Director of Social Welfare Paul Tang Kwok-wai said yesterday that any abuse of disabled people could not be tolerated, but in these cases there was not enough evidence to show the abuses had actually occurred. 'But we have requested the management of Fu Hong Society to enhance their mechanism in reporting and monitoring. And it would be the society's internal matter to solve disputes between the management and employees,' Mr Tang said.