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Assembly backs call for Public Inquiry into Clostridium Difficile deaths

4 March, 2008

Sinn Féin MLA Michelle O'Neill, who is deputy Chairperson of the Assembly Health Committee, has said that Health Minister Michael McGimpsey must to respond to the growing pressure for an Independent Public Inquiry into Clostridium Difficile related deaths in Hospitals after the Assembly endorsed a motion from the Health Committee to that effect.

Speaking after the debate Ms O'Neill said:

"Mitchel McLaughlin first raised the demand for a public inquiry into the deaths related to C-Difficile in December. The Health Committee unanimously endorsed the demand for such an inquiry and now the Assembly has also endorsed the demand..

"Public confidence in the handling of this is at an all time low and that the only way to restore that confidence is through the transparency of a full independent Public Inquiry.

"Elderly people are now cancelling appointments rather than take the risk of contracting a Hospital acquired infection.

"Minister McGimpsey needs to listen to the concerns of people and respond to the fact that public confidence in this issue is damaged and recognise that he must act 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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