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Disappointment at refusal to extend C-Diificile inquiry to South Belfast

7 July, 2009


Balmoral Sinn Féin representative Vincent Parker has expressed his disappointment at the refusal of the Health Minister Michael McGimpsey MLA to extend the inquiry into the outbreak of C-Difficile in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust hospitals to South Belfast’s Musgrave Park and Belfast City Hospital’s.

Mr Parker said,
"As many people will be aware Belfast City Hospital and Musgrave Park Hospital have both recorded problems in regard to cases of Clostridium Difficile (C-Diff).

"I have previously highlighted the fact that South Belfast Hospitals dealt with 299 cases of Clostridium Difficile (C-Diff) between August 2007 and August 2008 and there has been one death where C-Difficile was reported as the underlying cause during this period.

"I have the highest regard for the Management and staff at both Belfast City Hospital and Musgrave Park Hospital. However, I believe that when we have cases of an infection of this type there is an onus to inform the public as to the origin and cause of such an incident.

“It is important that public confidence is maintained in the Health Service and that everything is being done to ensure that there is no recurrence of this problem. I believe that this would be best achieved by extending the inquiry which the Minister has announced into the outbreak of C-Difficile in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust hospitals to South Belfast’s Musgrave Park and City Hospital’s.

He concluded,
"I am disappointed that the Minister has not availed of this opportunity to, not only maintain public confidence in the Health Service, but also to identify the causes of the outbreaks of C-Difficile at hospitals in South Belfast and to ensure that such outbreaks do not recur".

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