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C-difficle Health Minister must do more to restore public confidence

3 June, 2008

Sinn Féin MLA Michelle O'Neill, who is deputy Chairperson of the Assembly Health Committee, has said that Health Minister Michael McGimpsey must do all in his power to restore public confidence in hospitals following the C-difficle outbreak.

Speaking after the Minister gave his latest report on the C.difficile outbreak Ms O'Neill said:

"The fact is that over 40 people have died from Hospital acquired infection.

"Families of the deceased and of others who have contracted the infection want and deserve answers.

"Public confidence in the handling of C-Difficile 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, do more 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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