Mary Dunnion

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Hiqa conducted 66 inspections in healthcare services in 2020

Six out of 10 hospitals inspected last year were non-compliant with aspects of infection-control procedures against Covid-19, according to a report fr(...)

St John of God Community Services is funded by the HSE to provide services to 8,000 children and adults on behalf of the State. Photograph: iStock

St John of God charity has paused plans to transfer responsibility for providing disability services to thousands of children and adults to the Health(...)

When inspectors visited in March they did not leave until a deep clean of the centre was carried out, resulting in eight large black bags of refuse being removed. Photograph: iStock

A residential home for people with intellectual disabilities has had its registration cancelled after residents were found to be living in unsafe and (...)

Hiqa’s  annual report does not cover the third wave, the most severe of the 15-month pandemic, when nursing homes suffered devastating outbreaks of the disease. Photograph: iStock

Four out of every five nursing homes in the State reported at least one confirmed Covid-19 case among residents or staff last year, the State’s health(...)

‘Some families are traumatised by the knowledge that their family member passed away possibly with nobody there beside them,’ says Hiqa deputy chief inspector Susan Cliffe. File photograph: iStock

Nursing-home staff, surviving residents and relatives of residents who died from Covid-19 will require psychological help after the trauma of the pan(...)

Since November there has been 193 outbreaks of Covid-19 in nursing homes, community hospitals and long-stay residential units, accounting for 4,096 cases and 262 deaths.  Photograph: Getty Images

Healthcare staff deemed to be close contacts of Covid-19 cases have continued working in some residential care facilities rather than restricting thei(...)

Mary Dunnion of Hiqa. Photograph: Tom Honan

The State’s health regulator has questioned the Department of Health about why residents at some nursing homes where staff tested positive for Covid-1(...)

A spokesman for State airport operator DAA said it would be possible to have a testing facility up and running at Dublin Airport in a matter of days.  Photograph: Kate Geraghty

International travel will become easier to some countries after a Government decision that will allow Covid-19 testing for passengers passing through (...)

 Kilminchy Lodge Nursing Home in Portlaoise, Co Laois confirmed on Tuesday it was dealing with 31 Covid-19 cases. Photograph: Google Street View

The HSE’s early response to nursing homes battling large Covid-19 outbreaks at the peak of the pandemic in April was “reactive and piecemeal”, a senio(...)

‘In the long term, a reform of established models of care for older people in Ireland is required,’ Hiqa chief Phelim Quinn said. Photograph: iStock

An immediate review of the oversight of nursing homes and extra powers for the regulator are required as Covid-19 continues to impact on the sector, a(...)

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