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Patients must be told they have MRSA - Ó Caoláin

3 November, 2005

Commenting on today's HSE report on hospital hygiene, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health and Children Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin TD said:           

"This is a very grave report which starkly highlights the gross inadequacies in hospital hygiene throughout this State. A comprehensive response is essential. Issues which must be addressed include the need to improve cleaning and waste disposal services in all hospitals. Pay and conditions for contract cleaning workers should be improved. 

"The report highlights the need to combat the high incidence of MRSA in Irish hospitals. We need to know the full extent of the problem. It is now a common experience that patients and their relatives are not being informed when patients have contracted MRSA in hospitals. This must change and all patients who contract MRSA must be fully informed, as must their relatives." ENDS

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