Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Questions (1322)

Gerald Nash


1322. Deputy Ged Nash asked the Minister for Health the circumstances that are required to be met when HIQA requests weekly and regular reporting from nursing home and care facilities on the state of residents, including on issues such as weight and the prevalence of bedsores; the number of times such procedures were in place and used in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13927/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Nursing home providers are ultimately responsible for the care and welfare of their residents and the quality of the service they provide.

I am advised by HIQA that requests for the level of reporting outlined by the Deputy will only arise where inspectors are concerned that residents living in a nursing home may be at risk of losing weight or developing a pressure sore. Such concerns may arise from the findings of an inspection, or through information received.  

Such requests, which may be made during an inspection or in the reviewing of solicited or unsolicited information, are managed at individual case holder level. HIQA has advised that it is not possible to generate a report of the number of such requests made in a given time period.