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Health inquiries must transform service – Gildernew

24 November, 2020 - by Colm Gildernew MLA

Sinn Féin MLA Colm Gildernew has said lessons must be learned from the various inquiries into our health and social care system.

The Chair of the Health Committee said:

“Today we learned of another recall of patients, this time involving hundreds of urology patients in the Southern Health Trust. 

“While I welcome the Health Minister's decision to establish statutory Inquiries into urology at the Southern Health Trust and neurology in the Belfast Trust, I am deeply concerned that what we are seeing are systemic failures throughout the health care system.


“This is devastating the lives of many people who trusted the health system to care for them or their loved ones.


“The system cannot continue in this pattern. 

“The lessons from all these inquiries must be used to transform the health service into a system that patients can trust and rely on to care for them appropriately. 

“Re-establishing public confidence in our healthcare system is vital and the Department of Health must use the learning from the past – as well as current inquires – to rebuild trust for the future.” 

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