Relations of among the residents of a Cork nursing house who died of Covid-19 need the well being watchdog Hiqa to launch an investigation into their deaths.
The households need the Well being Data and High quality Authority to elucidate how the lethal virus unfold by the 51-bed Ballynoe Nursing Dwelling, after an outbreak in mid-January.
CareChoice, which runs the house in Co Cork, insists it did every part attainable to guard the lives and well being of its residents and that it continues to take action.
Of the as much as 25 residents of the house who’ve died because the outbreak in January, the bulk examined constructive for Covid-19.
And a few of their relations have since raised their very own issues.
One household, for instance, instructed theof how they watched their mom die alone as they stood exterior the house in a torrential downpour.
The nursing house’s operators admitted that within the two-hour interval earlier than the girl’s dying, no member of workers was current.
Arlene Walsh, who lately requested gardaí to assist discover possessions belonging to her uncle Jimmy Lee that went lacking after he died within the house, mentioned: “We wish Hiqa to analyze.
“In equity to Hiqa, they carried out an inspection in February off the again of issues drawn to its consideration.
“However we’re calling on Hiqa to analyze the house, not simply examine it.” There are solely two methods during which Hiqa can examine a nursing house: if Well being Minister Stephen Donnelly asks it to take action, or if its personal board decides to launch an investigation.
Up to now, the minister has not requested Hiqa to provoke an investigation.
Attorneys for 4 households of Ballynoe Nursing Dwelling residents have despatched authorized letters to CareChoice, warning they plan to sue for his or her allegedly wrongful deaths and for alleged negligence.
Socialist Occasion TD Mick Barry, who backs requires a public inquiry into nursing house deaths, mentioned: “I’m not stunned relations are taking authorized motion.
“By ruling out a public inquiry for the foreseeable future, the Taoiseach solely elevated the probability of motion of this sort.”