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Health Minister must act to tackle C-Difficile outbreak – Ramsey

6 August, 2008 - by Sue Ramsey


Health Minister must act to tackle C-Difficile outbreak - Ramsey

West Belfast MLA Sue Ramsey has challenged the Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey to act decisively in challenging the outbreak of the c-diff virus within the Belfast Trust area.

Ms Ramsey said,

"While appreciating the fact that the Minister established a review to look at how the Trust areas were managed, this is a very stark indication that time is of the essence; people are dying.

The Northern Trust has revealed that the C Diff bug contributed towards eight deaths in its hospitals during July. This remains a horrifying statistic for many of us who need to visit or check into our hospitals.

I would call on the Minister to review the current approach to the c-diff outbreak across the North and put a greater degree of urgency into tackling this virus. The staff, patients and visitors of our hospitals deserve nothing less."

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