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Officials prioritised hospitals over 'left behind' care homes, expert tells Stormont's Health Committee

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Pauline Shepherd of Independent Health and Care Providers

Pauline Shepherd of Independent Health and Care Providers

Pauline Shepherd of Independent Health and Care Providers

The official response to care homes during the Covid-19 pandemic is reactive and not proactive, Stormont's Health Committee has been told.

Pauline Shepherd of Independent Health and Care Providers said she believed officials were focused on planning to prepare hospitals for a Covid-19 surge.

She added, however, that acute services were "quite rightly" prioritised, given the prediction that coronavirus could claim the lives of 15,000 people locally.