Written answers

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Photo of Louise O'ReillyLouise O'Reilly (Dublin Fingal, Sinn Fein)
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699. To ask the Minister for Health when the new infection control measures for hospitals will be agreed, published and implemented. [11482/20]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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In order to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in acute hospitals, the National Public Health Emergency Team mandated the implementation of  a suite of 29 measures across a number of different areas including in relation to governance, risk management, outbreak management and staff. My Department is working with the HSE to ensure that these measures are implemented consistently across the acute hospital sector.

The Deputy may wish to note that specific, updated guidance entitled “Acute Hospital Infection Prevention and Control Precautions for Possible or Confirmed COVID-19 in a Pandemic Setting” has been published on the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) website. In addition, a general interim outbreak plan for COVID-19 has been developed and published on the HPSC website.  I am advised that this plan will be subject to change as the situation evolves.


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