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DHSC takes over nursing home for 'residents' safety'

Kathryn Magson

Covid-19 believed to be a factor in intervention from health department

The Department of Health and Social Care has stepped in to run of one of the Island's care homes for 'the safety of its residents'.

However details of the takeover at Abbotswood nursing home remain 'confidential' according to the interim CEO Kathryn Magson.
Last week, the manager of the Ballasalla residence issued a plea to government for more support after she claimed staff had 'inappropriate PPE.'
A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care has now confirmed that up to 20 staff and residents have tested positive.
Mrs Magson who spoke at yesterday's media briefing, wouldn't be drawn on whether a staff shortage led to the department's intervention:

Health Minister David Ashford has since been contacted by the managers of five other care homes over who he said personally thanked him for his department's efforts.
These 'strong lines of communication' were echoed by Mrs Magson, who said feedback on the relationship between nursing homes and the department has been 'generally positive'.
In light of the takeover, Minister Ashford reiterated the department will continue to provide support to nursing homes across the Island during the coronavirus pandemic.

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