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Harney and McDowell should ensure coroner’s call on MRSA is implemented – Ó Caoláin

17 November, 2006


Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has welcomed the recommendation of the Cork City Coroner that all MRSA-related deaths be reported to coroners and to medical surveillance authorities. The coroner's call came after a landmark inquest finding that 74-year-old Valentine Ryan died in as a result of MRSA infection contracted in Cork University Hospital.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said, "The recommendation of the Cork City Coroner that all MRSA-related deaths be reported to coroners and to medical surveillance authorities is very welcome. It comes after a similar recommendation from the Dublin City Coroner. In the past three weeks I have raised this demand with both the Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney and the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform Michael McDowell, who has responsibility for coroners.

"Minister McDowell has cited the promised Coroners Bill but we should not have to wait for this legislation which may well not even be enacted during the current Dáil. Minister Harney and Minister McDowell should immediately consult on how best the recommendation of the coroners can now be speedily implemented. It is their responsibility to act with the urgency required.

"The spread of MRSA and other serious hospital-based infections has reached very serious proportions. A true picture of their extent is vital if they are to be effectively combated." ENDS

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