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Elderly Commissioner Eddie Lynch has called for a Northern Ireland-based investigation into the management of nursing home residents during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Elders Employees of a Newtownabbey nursing home where 14 residents died when the first wave echoed the call.
Speaking to Hfrance.fr Spotlight, one of them said the deaths had been "put aside " ".
The Department of Health has said its minister Robin Swann wants a public inquiry "as soon as possible ".
Former caregivers Clara Wilson and Rhonda McKeown spoke for the first time about their experience at Maison de Glenabbey retirement in spring 2020.
"If these deaths had occurred to a child at home, I think there would have been an investigation iIt was a long time ago, but since these are old people it just seems to be put aside, ”Ms. McKeown said.
The Department of Health said the time for an investigation should take into account the whole health system I am focusing on the fight against Covid-19 and the pressures that result from it.
And he said central aspects of the pandemic response were UK-wide, including testing and vaccination supplies.
Image caption, Clara Wilson and Rhonda McKeown spoke to Spotlight of their experience at Glenabbey Nursing Home in 2020
Mr. Lynch said she has spoken to political parties about the issue in recent weeks.
"Over the past year we have witnessed the incorrect registration of deaths in nursing homes, of families the inability to access relatives, problems of PPE supply, inappropriate use of do not resuscitate orders, slow introduction of tests, transfer of Covid positive patients to nursing homes, the list ist long, "he added.
Speaking to Spotlight, former Glenabbey employees criticized the government's policy on screening people discharged from home hospital of care in the first days of the pandemic.
On April 3, 2020, a Social Care Board official, writing to nursing home providers, said: that patients be tested for Covid-19 prior to discharge. ”
The policy has been adopted by trusts across Northern Ireland.
This led to the Northern Health Trust and Belfast Health Trust, who both sent patients to Glenabbey in the first wave, releasing hundreds of untested patients, and a small number of people with HIV, to nursing homes between February and June 2020.
Other Former Glenabbey caregiver Fiona Hopkin, 20, told Spotlight that a resident of the house was fired from A ntrim without being tested.
They then tested positive at home shortly thereafter.
'Terrible situation '
Ms. McKeown, whose mother resided at the house, said police were leaving the house "exposed ".
"We have to know why this happened because the caregivers were then put in a terrible situation and I left to take care of this " she said. .
Image caption, Prof Martin McKee from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Routine testing of people before they are mett discharge from hospital to nursing homes was introduced on April 19, 2020.
The Department of Health released a report last year that said the evidence did not support a strong link between hospital discharges and the Covid-19 epidemics in the first wave.
Professor Martin McKee, a public health expert at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said he didn't think the report's methods were comprehensive enough.
"If you want to understand why there is an epidemic everywhere, a nursing home, a cruise ship, whatever you do, a detailed epidemiological analysis to determine where the cases were coming from and the mode of transmission and this has not been done, "he added.
The Department of Health said the findings in its report were in line with studies by public health agencies elsewhere in the UK that found that discharges were not associated with a significant risk of an outbreak in nursing homes - although a small risk could not be ruled out.
He said at the start of the pandemic that he didn't have the capacity to test the patients he now has.
Earlier this year Prime Minister Boris Johns was promised a UK-wide investigation , but Scotland are setting up their own investigation.
Mr Lynch has said he wants the Stormont executive to have their own investigation as well.
"I urge the NI executive to conduct an investigation that specifically addresses thes and the management of residents and care homes and not delay in starting what is likely to be a long process, "he said.