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‘Inquest shows need to implement Hyponatraemia findings’ - Sheehan

21 June, 2019 - by Pat Sheehan

The Belfast Trust and Department of Health must address the recommendations of the Hyponatraemia Inquiry after an inquest concluded that the death of a nine-year-old girl was caused by treatment she received in Belfast's Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Pat Sheehan has said.

The West Belfast MLA also paid tribute to the family of Claire Roberts who died in 1996.

He commented: “The Coroners Court ruled today that Claire's death was avoidable and was due to the treatment she received in hospital.

"Claire's family have waited over two decades for the truth about how Claire died to be told.

"Claire's parents, Alan and Jennifer, showed enormous dignity and conviction throughout the inquest, particularly with regards to their testimony earlier this week.

"The coroner has found that the Belfast Trust needs to re-establish trust and demonstrate change.

"The Belfast Trust, and the Department of Health, can only re-establish trust by addressing the findings - as well as the recommendations - from last year’s Inquiry into Hyponatraemia related deaths which also investigated Claire’s death.

"This is the least which is owed to the Roberts family, and other families affected by the inquiry into Hyponatraemia related deaths.”

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