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Ní Chuilín to press McGimpsey for Public Inquiry

3 March, 2008


Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson, Carál Ní Chuilín said that in the Assembly tomorrow, she will be pressing the Minister Michael McGimpsey to listen to the call by the Health Committee and set up an Independent Public Inquiry into Clostridium Difficile related deaths in Hospitals.

Ms Ní Chuilín said:

"Mitchel McLaughlin has led the demand for a public inquiry into the deaths related to C-Difficile. The Health Committee has now unanimously endorsed the demand for such an inquiry.

"The fact is that there are a large number of deaths because of C- Difficile, particularly clustered around specific hospitals.

"The fact is that Public confidence in the department has now eroded to such a point as a result of the way this issue has been handled that the only way to restore that confidence is through the transparency of a full independent Public Inquiry.

"The situation has deteriorated to a level where elderly people are now cancelling appointments rather than take the risk of contracting a Hospital acquired infection. We had confirmation of a further four deaths in the Northern Trust Area just last week.

"I would urge Minister McGimpsey to act on the recommendation of the Committee and set up the inquiry without further delay. The sooner that public confidence is restored the sooner the Minister will be able to concentrate on delivering the first class service that the public deserve." ENDS

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