Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 10 September 2020
Special Committee on Covid-19 Response
Examination of HIQA Report on the Impact of Covid-19 on Nursing Homes in Ireland
Ms Mary Dunnion:
We ceased inspections on 13 March in order to adhere to public health guidance. In that context, we changed our methodology. That meant our inspectors stayed in constant contact with all nursing homes because we have notifications of suspected or confirmed Covid-19 outbreaks. This interaction with the nursing homes allowed us to escalate matters and work with the HSE in the context of setting up crisis management teams and support to nursing homes.