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Potential Hepatitis C infection another indicator of a shambolic health service -  McDonald

19 October, 2006

Sinn Féin National Chairperson Mary Lou McDonald MEP has today expressed her concerns that Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin is to recall up to100 families of sick children who attended the hospital over a possible Hepatitis C infection.


Speaking today Ms McDonald said: “This is a very worrying development and will undoubtedly be a difficult time for the families of children who attended the hospital between 1991 and 1994.


“One of the most concerning aspects is that the hospital admitted that the screening test used during this period was not the best test available because they could not afford the most up to date equipment. It is alarming that this hospital has had to cut its service provision thus potentially putting at risk the health and well-being of its patients.


“Whilst this issue goes back to the early 1990’s, it is yet another example of the shambolic health service which ‘operates’ in this state. We are dealing with the legacy of a woefully under-funded and under-prioritised health service and a population which has absolutely no confidence in government health policy.


“It is important to know if this potential incident is confined to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital or if a cloud hangs over other hospitals and patients around the same time and people deserve to have full disclosure as quickly as possible.” ENDS


Note to Editor:


Sinn Féin will hold a national ‘Demand Your Right to Healthcare’ rally in Dublin this coming Saturday (21.10.06) at 1pm in Parnell Square.


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