Judicial review bid launched over coronavirus testing at care home

Judicial review bid launched over coronavirus testing at care home

The family of a care home resident in Northern Ireland has launched a bid for a judicial review into the lack of Covid-19 testing.

The challenge is also around the decision to reduce inspections of care homes by the (Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority) RQIA during the pandemic.

It emerged earlier on Friday that at least 41 people have died from Covid-19 in care homes and hospices in the region.

The figure represents around a quarter of the overall tally and involves 23 separate establishments, official statistics up to earlier this month showed.

The family seeking a judicial review have argued that they have been left not being able to visit their loved one as well as knowing fewer inspections of facilities are taking place.

They said that while some departure from the required level of inspection and supervision is to be expected in a time of crisis, the present approach is “not proportionate”.

They also argue that the lack of testing of care home residents represents a “threat to the life of all who live there”.

The department of health has been approached for a response.

    Useful information
  • The HSE have developed an information pack on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. Read it here
  • Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus who has been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days should isolate themselves from other people - this means going into a different, well-ventilated room alone, with a phone; phone their GP, or emergency department;
  • GPs Out of Hours services are not in a position to order testing for patients with normal cold and flu-like symptoms. HSELive is an information line and similarly not in a position to order testing for members of the public. The public is asked to reserve 112/999 for medical emergencies at all times.
  • ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland. The support line will be open seven days a week, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024

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