Regulatory response by HIQA and the Chief Inspector of Social Services to COVID-19 (3)

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The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) and the Chief Inspector of Social Services continue to pay close attention to the rapidly-developing situation in respect of COVID-19 (coronavirus). 

We recognise that social care providers are working hard in an unprecedented situation. In these challenging times, it is essential that residents continue to receive safe, and high-quality care. 

To this end, we have written today to the providers of all designated centres and asked them to review the contingency plans they have in place to manage the COVID-19 outbreak. This involves, for example, taking into account staffing considerations, governance and management arrangements, and infection prevention and control procedures. Providers are also advised to refer to current HSE ( and Government ( guidance and advice when updating their plans.

The regulation of health and social care services is about protecting the public, particularly at a time when some people are particularly vulnerable. HIQA continues to monitor the situation closely, and to review and risk rate information received from health and social care services to ensure the safety of residents. 

Further information:
Clare O’Byrne, Acting Media and Stakeholder Relations Manager, HIQA
(01) 8286712 / 085 8030846,