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Human Rights Commission inquiry into emergency care welcomed

4 September, 2014 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Maeve McLaughlin has welcomed the announcement by the Human Rights Commission it is to hold an inquiry into the emergency care.

 Ms McLaughlin said,

 “There have been several incidents in A&E wards right across the North, one of which was declared a major incident.  In that instance the A&E department couldn’t cope and was unable to provide the proper service.

 “It is important that our emergency care respects, protects and fulfills its human rights obligation to the patient.

 “The decision by the Human Rights Commission to hold an inquiry into the provision of health is unprecedented.

 “While it is important we recognise the vital and invaluable work carried out by our emergency health care staff we must also give a voice to patients.

 “I am looking forward to seeing the recommendations which will be brought forward and I will work with the commission to ensure they are implemented.” ENDS/CRÍOCH

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