A nursing home in Cork has been criticised by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) for failing to provide evidence that some of its part-time nurses were registered to practice in Ireland.

The watchdog said Rochestown Nursing Home was continuing to breach its obligation to keep files for all staff, which meant that some had not undergone garda vetting.

The inspection report published today is the third so far this year on the suburban facility which is caring for 22 residents.

HIQA said the majority of nursing homes are reviewed by the watchdog at most once a year.

HIQA also criticised the home for failing to fully protect the finances of a number of residents on whose behalf it collected pensions.

The watchdog said that by putting the payments into the nursing home's own account, the facility was breaching the requirement of the Department of Employment And Social Protection that the full amount must be paid to the resident before any deductions can be made.

The report does not disclose how many residents use the home as their pension agent.

Inspectors said they viewed "a sample of records" which showed that pensions were collected and then paid directly into the nursing home account.

The report added that the residents in question did not have personal bank accounts and sums of money were being paid into and held within the nursing home account and not in a separate resident account.

The home is on Monastery Road, Rochestown, and HIQA told the service's provider, Ms Brenda O'Brien, to remedy the failings by implementing an action plan.