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Concern over Crumlin Children's Hospital – Ó Caoláin

24 July, 2013 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Commenting on the announcement of infection concern regarding colonoscopy equipment in Crumlin Children’s Hospital, Sinn Fein Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said:

“The news from Crumlin Children’s Hospital is of great concern. It is distressing for children and parents that such a vital piece of hospital equipment was contaminated and may have contaminated patients.

“While the hospital states that there is no immediate impact on children’s health, they also state that the bug in question can cause problems for patients receiving intensive care or chemotherapy. As Crumlin is the main centre for treatment of children with cancer this is a serious concern.

“The hospital and the HSE must now do all in their power to reassure parents and children that all necessary remedial measures are being taken and that such an infection incident will not occur again.

“Crumlin provides excellent care for children and it requires enhanced support from Government, something I have repeatedly urged on Health Minister James Reilly.” ENDS

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