Monday May 25, 2020

State cannot enforce infection control in nursing homes

There are no shut-down sanctions in place for nursing homes that have not implemented legally binding infection control standards

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

@obraonain
19th April, 2020
There are no shut-down sanctions in place for nursing homes that have not implemented these legally binding standards

Nursing homes with Covid-19 outbreaks cannot be closed down if they are failing to implement the national infection control standards.

The detailed standards were drawn up two years ago to require nursing homes to give staff training in infection control, to supply them with “personal protective equipment” and to have effective hand hygiene practices.

But there are no shut-down sanctions in place for nursing homes that have not implemented these legally binding standards.

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