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The Oireachtas Special Committee on Covid-19 Response will discuss HIQA’s report on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nursing homes when it meets tomorrow, Thursday, 10 September, in Leinster House.

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) published The impact of COVID-19 on nursing homes in Ireland report in July. The Committee will discuss the report when it meets in the Seanad Chamber.

  • HIQA Chief Executive Officer Phelim Quinn, and HIQA’s Director of Regulation, Mary Dunnion and Deputy Chief Inspector for Social Services, Susan Cliffe will appear before the Committee via video link from Committee Room 2 at 10.30am.

Speaking before the meeting, Committee Chairman Michael McNamara TD said: “The impact of Covid-19 on nursing home residents has been shocking. There can be no doubt that our older population was disproportionately affected by this pandemic with deaths in nursing homes accounting for more than half of all Covid-19 deaths recorded in the State by July.   The exploration of this HIQA report is part of the Committee’s on-going investigation into Covid-19 in nursing homes.

“The Committee’s own interim report on the impact of Covid-19 on nursing homes was published in July. The examination of the HIQA report will assist it the Committee in determining how best to continue its investigation and to determine whether a public inquiry is necessary to examine how Covid-19 impacted on nursing homes.”

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Committee membership

Teachtaí

Fine Gael

Fine Gael

Sinn Féin

Independent

Fianna Fáil

Sinn Féin

Green Party

Fianna Fáil

Michael McNamara - Cathaoirleach

Independent

Fine Gael

Independent

Social Democrats

Solidarity - People Before Profit

Labour Party