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Urgent action needed to provide beds to combat MRSA - Ó Caoláin

13 November, 2007

Sinn Féin Health and Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has called on the Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney and the HSE to urgently meet the need for additional beds in hospitals to address the continuing spread of MRSA. Calling for a special Dáil debate, the Sinn Féin Dáil leader said:

"The news that Beaumont Hospital has reported that it cannot isolate one third of the patients suffering from MRSA in the hospital once again lifts the lid on the scandalous situation in our health services as this infection and other potentially fatal infections continue to spread.

"Beaumont has clearly identified the need for additional beds. Without these it cannot provide isolation units and single rooms which are absolutely essential for the treatment of MRSA and to prevent its proliferation throughout our hospitals.

"In other countries such as the Netherlands, where hospitals have a far greater proportion of single rooms, they have made great advances in stamping out these infections.

"We are still living with the legacy of the overcrowded Victorian ward system. Action is needed now to provide the facilities to address this grave threat to patients in our hospital system." CRÍOCH

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