Thousands of beds at state-run nursing homes could be closed because they don’t meet accommodation standards. According to The Irish Times, health watchdog HIQA is introducing a new ‘get tough’ policy to tackle a lack of progress with long-promised refurbishment and improvements at centres across the country. There are 6 state-run nursing homes in Kerry; in Tralee, Killarney, Listowel, Dingle and Caherciveen. HIQA’s proposed to refuse registration to two centres – with a further 10 facing barring orders on accepting new residents. 36 more centres, meanwhile, must wait for decisions.