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Nursing home whistleblower's claims are a 'serous concern', says watchdog

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‘Unsatisfactory’: Caoimhe Haughey is representing the whistleblower. Picture: Caroline Quinn

‘Unsatisfactory’: Caoimhe Haughey is representing the whistleblower. Picture: Caroline Quinn

‘Unsatisfactory’: Caoimhe Haughey is representing the whistleblower. Picture: Caroline Quinn

The health watchdog Hiqa has described claims made by a whistleblower who works in a nursing home as matters of "serious concern" and requested the HSE to carry out an investigation.

Last week, a member of staff at St Mary's nursing home in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, where 24 residents have died from Covid-19, made a protected disclosure to Health Minister Simon Harris, the CEO of the HSE Paul Reid, chief medical officer Tony Holohan, and Hiqa.

The HSE has appointed a review team with an independent chair to examine the allegations made in the 35-page dossier.