Action needed on hospital super-bugs – Ó Caoláin
For Immediate Release - 24th March 2010
“Action needed on hospital super-bugs” – Ó Caoláin
Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has called on Health Minister James Reilly to take immediate action to address the growing menace of drug-resistant hospital-based infections, commonly known as super-bugs. The call follows the recent outbreak of KPC at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick. Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
“The recent outbreak of KPC is a cause of major concern, adding to the concern over the prevalence of MRSA and C-Difficile in our hospitals.
“In November 2009 in an open letter I challenged former Health Minister Harney at the time of a C-Difficile outbreak in North-East hospitals. I stated that the Minister’s policy of centralisation of hospital services, as well as current and further proposed cutbacks affecting staff and other resources, will make the battle against hospital-based infections much more difficult.
“That has proven to be the case. The latest outbreak of KPC has occurred in the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick which has experienced serious over-crowding as a result of cuts to services at Ennis General Hospital and other health cutbacks.
“In Opposition Deputy James Reilly was vocal in his calls for action on this matter, identifying over-crowding in our hospitals as the major contributing factor.
“Minister Reilly should now act. He should open closed hospital wards and beds across the State, ensure the provision of single rooms for patients with these infections and end the recruitment embargo for front-line hospital care providers.”