‘Stringent rationing of PPE led to infections’ – St Mary’s whistleblower
A whistleblower in a HSE nursing home where 24 patients have died from Covid-19 has alleged strong enough efforts were not made to prevent fatalities.
The staff member, who works in St Mary’s nursing home in the Phoenix Park in Dublin, has claimed concerns about the welfare of residents were not listened to.
She said she first highlighted concerns with senior management in early March.
He said that while not forgetting those who have passed away, the emphasis now is on “extinguishing the outbreak” at the nursing home.
Mr Farrelly said he believes it is under control with no new Covid-19 cases at the home for more than 14 days.
He said there is also a focus on providing “great care to our residents and trying to normalise life for them to the extent the public health measures allow”.
The RCSI Hospitals Group took over the operational management of the nursing home on 20 April after it struggled to contain the outbreak.
Mr Farrelly said the home had received substantial external support to bring the outbreak under control.
He said the assistance was supportive and greatly appreciated and will wind down gradually as staff return to work.
Earlier, in the Dáil, Louth Sinn Féin TD Ruairí Ó Murchú claimed he had information of 26 Covid-19 related deaths at the nursing home.
Deputy Ó Murchú raised the matter with Minister for Health Simon Harris and called for an investigation.