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Covid-19 in care homes might have been handled differently, admits chief medical officer Michael McBride

Measures to protect care homes in Northern Ireland during the pandemic could have been handled differently, Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride has said. Meanwhile, Health Minister Robin Swann defended his actions on protecting care homes, saying: “I’ve nothing to hide.”

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Admission: Dr Michael McBride

Admission: Dr Michael McBride

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Admission: Dr Michael McBride

The response to protect Northern Ireland's care homes from Covid-19 could have been handled differently, one of the most senior NHS officials has said.

Dr Michael McBride, Northern Ireland's chief medical officer (CMO), has rejected concerns raised about policies relating to care homes in Northern Ireland.

However, appearing at the Stormont health committee on Wednesday, Dr McBride said health officials are willing to review the response to date and said lessons will be learned.