Revealed: 60% of state run nursing homes risk closure

Regulator says 72 state centres are not compliant and are facing sanctions

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
17th December, 2014

Sixty per cent of state-run nursing homes risk sanctions up to and including closure, unless the government complies with an imminent deadline to upgrade them.

New figures provided by the healthcare regulator, Hiqa, show that most of the country’s 120 publicly-run homes, which accommodate more than 7,000 residents, have not yet met standards which must be complied with by July 2015.

Hiqa can close non-compliant nursing homes, but can also attach strict conditions. Conditions can include...

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