A stark message from a rural GP today warned of an urgent emergency as a nursing home where 26 out of 28 residents are positive for Covid has been left with only one nurse and carer available in the last 72 hours. 

Dr Martin Daly warned that one resident of the home has died and another is very ill, but that the nursing home says “no help is available from the HSE”.

Nursing homes were neglected during the beginning of the Covid crisis, when then Minister Simon Harris failed to meet with Nursing Homes Ireland and residential centers were not given the attention or resources required despite the evidence that older people were most at risk from the virus.

Dr Daly, wrote that “we were told homes would be supported after disaster in April & May . They need help today”.

A majority of Covid-19 deaths in Ireland have taken place in nursing homes.

Roscommon TD Denis Naughten said he had been in contact with HSE management and the nursing home – and has taken the matter directly to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly.

He also tweeted that he had “now brought this case up with the Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, asking him to address this local crisis and also to put a panel of staff in place so that we don’t have this crisis arising in other nursing homes”.