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Responding to the news that the Board of the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) have resigned, DUP South Antrim MLA and Vice-Chair of the Assembly’s Health Committee Pam Cameron said:

‘This high-profile announcement underlines the need for a full and rigorous investigation into the handling of Covid-19 in local care homes during this pandemic.

While it would be wrong to pre-empt the outcome of any review at this stage without full knowledge of the facts it is imperative for public confidence that the concerns raised by the outgoing Board are addressed as substantively and soon as possible. As we move out of the first wave of this deadly virus it is vital that lessons are learned and policies strengthened.

There is also an obligation on the Health Minister to take steps to ensure the vital work of RQIA is not disrupted or diminished in the interim at this already critical time for care homes. Our foremost priority must continue to be the safety, support and ultimate care of those in living and working in our residential homes.’’