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HSE considered plans to let nurses give last rites to Covid victims

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'The HSE considered the move after a discussion with its Chaplaincy Council on the need to avoid contact in clinical settings.' Stock photo: Getty Images Stock

'The HSE considered the move after a discussion with its Chaplaincy Council on the need to avoid contact in clinical settings.' Stock photo: Getty Images Stock

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'The HSE considered the move after a discussion with its Chaplaincy Council on the need to avoid contact in clinical settings.' Stock photo: Getty Images Stock

The HSE considered allowing nurses to give last rites to patients dying from Covid-19 as emergency preparations were made for a surge in deaths, internal documents reveal.

Minutes of a meeting of the Covid-19 Mass Fatalities Expert Group show the HSE considered the move after a discussion with its Chaplaincy Council on the need to avoid contact in clinical settings.