Nursing homes report fails to find answers

As coronavirus outbreaks rise once more, the Oireachtas Covid-19 committee wants a public inquiry into the handling of the pandemic in residential settings

Covid testing: an elderly womanbeing tested for Covid-19 at anursing home. Photo: AP Photo

As the Oireachtas Covid-19 committee published its final report on Friday, questions still persisted over the number of people who had contracted the coronavirus in nursing homes and died as a result.

“The committee, despite devoting more meeting time to this single issue than to any other, was unable to get satisfactory answers as to why 985 residents of nursing homes died after they contracted Covid-19,” the report said, noting that 56 per cent of ...