Committee for Health - Inquiry into COVID-19 and its impact on Care Homes

Extract of Minutes of Proceedings, Thursday 24 September 2020

Room 29, Parliament Buildings


Mr Colm Gildernew (Chairperson)
Ms Pam Cameron MLA (Deputy Chairperson)
Ms Paula Bradshaw MLA
Mr Gerry Carroll MLA
Mr Alan Chambers MLA
Mr Alex Easton MLA
Ms Órlaithí Flynn MLA
Mr Colin McGrath MLA*
Mr Pat Sheehan MLA*

In Attendance:

Ms Éilis Haughey (Clerk)
Mr Jonathan Lamont (Clerical Supervisor)

*These Members attended the meeting via video-conference.

The meeting commenced at 10.01 am in public session.


4. Matters Arising

ii. The Chairperson confirmed that the draft stakeholder letter inviting views on the care home inquiry had been agreed by the Committee, by email.


6. Committee Inquiry: COVID-19 and its impact on Care Homes

Professor Ben Cowling, Head of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Hong Kong University, joined the meeting via video-conference at 10.27 am.

Professor Cowling briefed the Committee on lessons from the management of previous international pandemics.

Ms Paula Bradshaw declared an interest as having a relative who works in a care home.

The briefing was followed by a question and answer session.

The Chairperson thanked Professor Cowling for his attendance.

The briefing session was reported by Hansard.



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