Hiqa finds nursing home regulations need overhaul

Report blames low staffing levels, absence of clinical governance, lack of PPE and inability to separate healthy and ill residents for spread of Covid-19

Daniel Murray

Political Correspondent @danieltmurray
21st July, 2020
Hiqa finds nursing home regulations need overhaul
The report from the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) said the regulations governing nursing homes were outdated and must be revised to make them fit for purpose

A new report into the impact of Covid-19 on nursing homes has found that low staffing levels, a lack of clinical governance and the use of multi-occupancy rooms all contributed to the rapid spread of the virus.

The report from the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) said the regulations governing nursing homes were outdated and must be revised to make them fit for purpose, particularly regarding clinical governance, staffing numbers, skill mix, and infection...

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