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Emergency response needed for C Diff crisis in North East - Ó Caoláin

15 November, 2009 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD


Sinn Féin Health spokesperson and Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caolain has described as a "crisis situation" the spread of C Difficile in hospitals in the North East region. He called for an emergency response, including the reopening of Monaghan General Hospital for acute care.

He said:

"Following the report to the coroner of deaths that may be C Difficile-related, the closure of 70 beds and three wards and the ban on visiting in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, we now have an outbreak at Our Lady's Hospital in Navan. This is a crisis situation for the North East region. The largest hospital in the region, Drogheda, is severely restricted in its services because of the outbreak. Navan is now in the same position. The Louth County Hospital in Dundalk is set to close to acute patients at the end of the year and Cavan General Hosptial is working at full stretch.

"An emergency reponse is needed, including the reopening of Monaghan General Hospital for acute care. I will be demanding that Health Minister Harney report to the Dáil on this crisis in the coming week, including on her response and that of the HSE." ENDS

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