The questions that remain for the families of those who died at Dealgan House Nursing can only be answered by a public inquiry, Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchú has said, in response to the HIQA inspection report published about the Dundalk facility.
Reacting to the report, the Louth TD, who has been working with some of the families who lost loved ones during an outbreak at Dealgan House Nursing Home in April and May this year, said he was ‘concerned by a number of the findings’.
He said: ‘I appreciate the thoroughness of the HIQA report, which looked at all aspects of the care provided by Dealgan to the residents. The inspectors, however, found that the provider was not compliant in seven out of 22 regulations, including in areas such as staffing and infection control.
‘This inspection report is just a snapshot of Dealgan House over two days at the end of May.
‘It is an important part of the picture about what happened here, and has to be read alongside all the other information that the families have managed to gather, including Freedom of Information documents from the HSE and HIQA.
‘A small number of the families will meet Health Minister Stephen Donnelly next week to press their case for a public inquiry into what happened in this nursing home.
‘I continue to fully support them in this quest. In light of what is currently happening in nursing homes, and with the very concerning news coming from a nursing home in Galway earlier this week, there is every reason why a focused public inquiry into what happened at Dealgan House would ensure that the much-needed lessons for the wider nursing home and care sectors are learned, and learned quickly’.