Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (779)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

787 Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Health when the Health Information and Quality Authority officials visit a nursing home in a small town, do they visit all other nursing homes in the area at the same time; the criteria used in deciding which nursing homes to visit and inspect at any given time; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34823/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health)

In relation to the inspection of nursing homes by the Health Information and Quality Authority, inspection frequency, in terms of an actual site inspection, varies on a centre by centre basis. All centres receive a registration inspection and the frequency of further site inspections is determined on a risk based approach and take into account a range of factors to determine whether a site inspection is required.