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Sinn Féin encourage people to take part in C Diff inquiry

21 July, 2009 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin MLA and deputy chair of the health committee Michelle O’Neill has said that anybody who was in affected by C-difficile outbreaks or have concerns around the infection sites should come forward to take part in the inquiry that began its first stage today.

Speaking today Ms O’Neill said:

“Sinn Féin called for a public inquiry into deaths where the C-Diff virus has been identified as either a direct or contributory factor in the deaths and this is the out workings of that.

“This is an essential inquiry and could find some answers for those who have lost loved ones due to the outbreak of C Difficile.

“It should be wider than just those who have been directly affected however.  I would encourage anybody who was apprehensive due to conditions in a hospital or left a ward due to hygiene concerns to come forward in order to have an extensive a range of views as possible into the overall problems and conditions that led to outbreaks of C Difficile.

“However there also is an onus on the inquiry team to take a proactive role in ascertaining the facts and actively contacting those who were affected.

 “Answers must be forth coming on the causes and possible future solutions in combating and reducing the incidence of C Difficlie within our hospitals, for the sake of patients, their families and our hospital workers.”

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