Regulatory response by HIQA and the Chief Inspector of Social Services to COVID-19 (2)

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The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) and the Chief Inspector of Social Services are continuing to review the evolving COVID-19 situation. Our priority remains the safety and wellbeing of people using services. In light of the Government announcement today, we have reviewed the regulatory process in relation to designated centres and are implementing a number of changes with immediate effect.

All routine inspections of designated centres have been cancelled until further notice. However, we will continue to respond to issues of risk, which, in some instances may require an inspection. Our inspectors will adhere to public health advice and take the necessary precautions during these inspections. We will phone the designated centre in advance of the inspection and ask for your continued cooperation during these inspections.

Inspectors will continue to review and risk rate information received and follow up with providers and persons in charge as required.

Providers of designated centres have been contacted by the Chief Inspector with further information in relation to this decision.  

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