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Health Minister challenged over C. Difficile deaths

11 February, 2008


Sinn Fein South Antrim MLA Mitchel McLaughlin has challenged the Health Minister Michael McGimpsey to detail the number of deaths where clostridium difficile has been a contributing factor across every Health and Social Care Trust.

Mr McLaughlin has also asked the Health Minister to indicate what plans he has to authorise a full public inquiry.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"There is widespread public concern about hospital inquired infection and C. Difficile in particular.

"Unfortunately, the approach to the problem adopted by Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey has only made people more deeply concerned. The figures keep being revised and this does nothing to build public confidence in the ability of the Minister and the Trusts to get on top of this." ENDS

Note to Editors

Michael McGimpsey will answer a Private Notice Question following the debate on the Supply Resolution motion and the Take Note debate on PPS 14.

Private Notice Question

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the number of deaths to which clostridium difficile has been a contributing factor across each Health and Social Care Trust; and, in view of the widespread public concern about the issue, to indicate what plans he has to authorize a full public inquiry.

[Mr Mitchel McLaughlin]

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