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TB issue reinforces demand for HIQA investigation into the Emergency Department in Drogheda Hospital

21 October, 2011 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President and TD for Louth and East Meath Gerry Adams has described the news that three patients and an unspecified number of staff in Our Lady of Lourdes Drogheda are to be screened for TB as deeply worrying.

This follows news that a patient with TB was on a trolley in the Emergency Department of Lourdes for five days.

Teachta Adams said:

“The overcrowding situation in Drogheda hospital has been a source of very serious concern for some time. With party colleague Peadar Toibin TD and Dr Ruairi Hanley, I have called on HIQA to carry out a full, public investigation of the Emergency Department and publish the findings. HIQA has refused.

“The fact is that these patients and staff were exposed in the Emergency Department of Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda.

“This week Drogheda hospital has for three days topped the list of hospitals in the state with the number of patients waiting on trolleys.

“It is inevitable that with ill patients waiting sometimes for days in the Emergency Department, that cross contamination will take place.

“The measures taken thus far by the hospital management have not worked.

“The waiting lists are still the same and the threat to patients is very real.

“I intend raising this issue with the Minister and HIQA needs to initiate the full, public investigation of the Emergency Department that has been asked for and to publish the findings.” ENDS

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