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Inquiry refusal in case of Maureen McGinley unacceptable - Doherty

18 April, 2008

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty says that he is deeply disappointed that the decision by Health Minister Michael McGimpsey's refusal to initiate a public inquiry into the circumstances in which Strabane pensioner Maureen McGinley sustained 34 rib fractures both prior to and following her death at Altnagelvin Hospital on 3rd January last year.

He said,

"To date, the courageous and exhaustive efforts of the family to secure an honest explanation about what happened to their mother has been frustrated at every turn and although they never envisaged at the beginning of this heartbreaking ordeal that they would have had to go down the road of demanding a fully independent public inquiry they have now found themselves with no other option.

"A fully independent public inquiry is not only essential to provide answers and closure to the McGinley family but also as a means of ensuring that any lessons learned from the findings of this enquiry would be acted upon to ensure that no other family would have to go through the same heartbreaking ordeal.

"The Assembly Health Committee will be convening today to discuss the refusal of Michael McGimpsey to initiate this inquiry and through my party colleague Michelle O'Neill, who is Vice Chair of the Committee we will be calling upon the Minister to reconsider his decision.

"I will also be discussing with the family the course of action that they now choose to take and I can assure them of my continuing support for whatever course of action that may be." ENDS

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