Inside the last 50 minutes the HSE have released a statement revealing that six patients have died in an unnamed Donegal nursing home over the past two weeks.
The statement reveals that the HSE has put in place “all appropriate treatment and control measures and is closely managing and monitoring the situation.”
Ministers for Health, Dr James Reilly TD and Minister for Older People, Ms Kathleen Lynch TD, have extended their sympathies to the families of the deceased.
The HSE statement issued at 7.34pm tonight states: “Dr James Reilly TD, Minister for Health and Ms Kathleen Lynch TD, Minister for Older People learned with regret of the deaths of six patients in a private nursing home in Co Donegal over the past two weeks. “The Ministers have been advised that the HSE has put in place all appropriate treatment and control measures and is closely managing and monitoring the situation.
“In addition to the actions being taken by the HSE, Minister Reilly has today discussed the matter with the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA). On foot of that conversation, HIQA will now visit the home tonight and tomorrow to ensure that all action is taken in the best interests of the care and welfare of the residents and staff.
“The Ministers are being kept fully informed as this situation evolves.
“The Ministers express their condolences to the families concerned.”
No further information or any identification of the nursing home in Donegal where the deaths occurred has been made available at this time.