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Northern Ireland health chiefs face grilling over standards of safety in care homes

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Richard Pengelly

Richard Pengelly

Dermot Parsons

Dermot Parsons

Richard Pengelly

The most senior figures in the health service are today facing questions over their handling of a row about the safety of care home residents.

There are mounting calls from across the political spectrum for the health minister to reveal whether he knew of the serious concerns held by the board of Northern Ireland's health watchdog over a decision to scale back inspections of care homes during the Covid-19 pandemic.