A report has been submitted to the HSE following an investigation into the running of a nursing home during the pandemic.

The HSE hired consultancy firm Acrux to investigate allegations made regarding the running of St Mary’s Hospital in Phoenix Park, which suffered over 20 COVID-related deaths during the first wave of the pandemic, RTE reported.

In reply to a parliamentary question from Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd, the HSE’s Interim National Director for Community Operations Yvonne O’Neill said she had received the draft report.

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In response to Mr O’Dowd’s parliamentary question which asked when the report would be completed and published, Ms O’Neill who is Commissioner of the Investigation, said she would “seek to balance the need for expediency and assurance as to the quality of the report”.

She added she was taking “due time” to consider the “sizeable and complex” report before she accepted it “as finalised”.

Mr O’Dowd accused the government of refusing to examine the deaths in nursing homes arguing voluntary organisations such as Care Champions had been left to fight for nursing home residents and their families.

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