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Call for action to prevent 'superbug' deaths

20 July, 2011

Sinn Féin Fermanagh/South Tyrone MLA Michelle Gildernew said she is extremely concerned that a number of cases of a virulent strain of the clostridum difficile bacterium have been identified in the South Eastern Trust area.

“This is indeed worrying considering that an inquiry revealed earlier this year that a c. difficile outbreak in the Northern Trust area was linked to the deaths of 31 people in 2007/08,” said the Fermanagh/South Tyrone MP who is also Chair of the Assembly’s Health Committee.

“I call on the Health Minister Edwin Poots to take every precaution necessary to ensure that this recent spread of the bug does not have the same consequences as the previous outbreak and that anyone suffering from the ‘superbug’ gets the best treatment available.

“It could be said that the previous Health Minister did not take a hands on approach to the outbreak a few years ago and hopefully Minister Poots will not repeat this approach.

“It is unacceptable that people entering hospital in order to have illnesses and other ailments treated run the risk of contracting life threatening viruses so the minister must take the necessary steps to ensure that there is no spread of this problem." Críoch

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