Nursing homes told to withhold information on Covid-19 outbreaks from families

Memo from Nursing Homes Ireland claimed instruction came from Nphet

Families of deceased former residents have said they would have taken their loved ones out of nursing homes if they had known there was a major outbreak that posed a significant risk to their health

Consultant: affected families have a right to know the extent of any cluster

Nursing homes were told not to tell residents and families of the extent of Covid-19 outbreaks by their representative group, the Business Post can reveal.

In March, Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI), which represents private and voluntary nursing homes, circulated a memo to its members. The memo, which has been seen by this newspaper, stated: “The nursing home has been instructed at this ...