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Lessons must be learned from Nazareth House report – Ó Caoláin

11 May, 2012 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Commenting on the publication of the HIQA report on Nazareth House in Buncrana, Co Donegal, where seven people died of flu-related illness, Sinn Féin health spokesperson, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, said it is essential that lessons are learned and implemented by all care homes, the HSE and the health minister.

He said: “I wish to extend sympathy to all the bereaved who lost relatives in Nazareth House during the influenza outbreak in March and April.

“The HIQA Report, while commending the care provided in Nazareth House, identifies a number of issues that arose during the outbreak. Chief among these is inadequate levels of staffing to deal with the situation. The report also identifies the need for more rigorous procedures to ensure early detection of such outbreaks.

“All care homes as well as the HSE and Health Minister James Reilly need to learn the lessons of this tragedy and to ensure that best practice is implemented. They must ensure that staff numbers are adequate to provide care both in public and private nursing homes. Nothing less is acceptable.” ENDS

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