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Department of Health ignored our advice over nursing homes, says watchdog

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Comments: Eddie Lynch

Comments: Eddie Lynch

Comments: Eddie Lynch

The Department of Health was slow to respond to concerns raised about the impact of Covid-19 in care homes in Northern Ireland, it has been claimed.

The Commissioner for Older People has also said he believes officials prioritised hospitals over care homes ahead of the coronavirus pandemic hitting the region.

Eddie Lynch appeared at the Stormont health committee yesterday, where he described efforts to secure support for care homes from officials as an "uphill battle".