Coronavirus: ‘Wealthy’ nursing home directors accused of complaining taxpayer not doing enough
Private nursing homes were ‘literally outsourced and forgotten about’ – Sage director
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During a committee held in the Dáil chamber TDs heard of how staff found working in nursing homes ‘horific’ during the Covid-19 outbreak. Video: Oireachtas TV
A Government backbencher has accused “very wealthy” nursing home directors of complaining that the taxpayer was not doing enough for them.
Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd also claimed as “patently and obviously untrue” allegations by Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) chief executive Tadhg Daly that homes were left isolated by the Department of Health and HSE at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Covid-19 outbreak at nursing home in Sandymount, Dublin
Brabazon House has been assisted by the HSE in containing eruption of disease
Mon, Dec 21, 2020, 01:10 Up Dated by Fred Bassett,
There were four new Covid-19 outbreaks at nursing homes during the week ending December 12th, a decline of one on the previous week. Photograph: Getty Images
A nursing home in Sandymount, Dublin 4, has recorded a number of deaths related to Covid-19 among residents and a number of infections amongst staff during an outbreak.
The number of coronavirus deaths at Brabazon House nursing home in the outbreak is understood to be in low single-digit figures, and the care facility is said to be “through the worst of it”.
The outbreak is still open as there has been a recent positive case recorded. An outbreak is not declared formally closed until 28 days have passed without a new infection being diagnosed.
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Infections among staff made the management of the outbreak more difficult, but the HSE has been praised by management for its daily support provided to the care home.
“The Brabazon Trust can confirm that a number of residents and staff have tested positive for Covid-19. Mindful of the confidentiality of those involved, we are not in a position to provide any further detail,” said David Webb, secretary and chief executive of the Brabazon Trust.
He said the home immediately instituted infection prevention and control measures, and engaged with the HSE and the Health Information and Quality Authority during the outbreak.
“In collaboration with these agencies we have worked together to ensure a collective approach is in place to protect residents and staff,” he said. “We are particularly grateful to the HSE for their support during this difficult time.”
There were four new Covid-19 outbreaks at nursing homes during the week ending December 12th, a decline of one on the previous week.
Nursing home accounts for a majority of more than 2,150 deaths recorded in the State from the virus since the pandemic began in March.
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