This is the protest by residents and staff, outside St Mary's today, that I was proud to support. I also spoke in the Dáil about closures such as this. They should be banned during Covid, and the State should step in and take over the institution. This short video explains.

Posted by Bríd Smith TD on Monday, September 21, 2020

Brid queries the expert panel on Covid in our Nursing Homes, commenting that the terms of reference for their report seems to have limited its findings and seeking information on the current protocols in care homes.

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The Govt,HSE and health department want to spin the story that everything was done correctly at the right time for our elderly on nursing homes. But the figures for deaths say differently, so do the stories from staff of having no PPE or adequate testing. How can we learn any lessons if no one admits mistakes were made? If we really want to honour those who died we need to stop contacting out the care of our elderly to private homes and make sure we have publicly run care centres with proper staffing levels and medical facilities. We can start by taking over ST Marys centre Telford into public ownership and stop its proposed closure.

 

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