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Watchdog's follow-up inspection of failing Clifton Nursing Home took two months

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Julieann McNally headed a campaign to investigate care home conditions

Julieann McNally headed a campaign to investigate care home conditions

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Julieann McNally headed a campaign to investigate care home conditions

Northern Ireland's health watchdog did not inspect a failing care home until two months after a deadline to meet infection control standards, it can be revealed.

The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) gave Clifton Nursing Home a third and final warning about infection control failings at the start of March - just days after the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed here.

The regulator had given Runwood Homes, the firm that owns the home where nine residents have died with Covid-19, until March 17 to address the failings.