Wednesday, 14 September 2022
Department of Health
552. To ask the Minister for Health the number of persons who have issued letters of claim and taken cases against the State regarding the deaths of persons from Covid-19 in hospitals or nursing homes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44670/22]
The State Claims Agency (SCA) has a statutory remit to manage personal injury claims on behalf of Delegated State Authorities including the Health Service Executive.
The information contained within this report was extracted from the National Incident Management System (NIMS) according to the below criteria:
- The explicit reference to ”hospitals” is interpreted as all claims notified to the SCA against the HSE which relate to incidents occurring in an acute hospital setting.
- The explicit reference to “nursing homes” is interpreted as all claims notified to the SCA against the HSE which relate to incidents occurring within a nursing home.
-Claims which relate to incidents occurring within a community health organisation location/unit have not been included in this report.
The number of claims currently being taken against the HSE, notified to the SCA, which arise from the death of a family member as a result of contracting Covid-19 in a HSE Hospital or Nursing Home setting is 42.
National Incident Management System (NIMS):
Incidents (which include claims) are reported using the “National Incident Management System”. This is hosted by the State Claims Agency (SCA) for the HSE, other Healthcare enterprises and State Authorities. An incident can be a harmful Incident (Adverse Event), no harm incident, near miss, dangerous occurrence (reportable circumstance) or complaint