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Hospital Deaths - Prosecution Service should tell families why cases dropped

31 January, 2008 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson, North Belfast MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has questioned the decision of the Public Prosecution Service to drop the cases involving the Hospital deaths of Lucy Crawford and Adam Strain.

Ms Ní Chuilín said:

"The deaths of Lucy Crawford and Adam Strain and that of Raychel Ferguson have caused huge devastation for their families.

"The allegation that Lucy Crawford and Adam Strain died because of a sodium shortage due to the incorrect administration of fluids is a serious allegation that should be properly and fully investigated.

"It is important that there is accountability right across the health service and only by bringing prosecutions will we be able to build public confidence and ensure that high standards are maintained.

"The inquiry into these tragic deaths was postponed in 2005 to allow the police investigation.

"At a minimum I believe that there is a responsibility on the Public Prosecution Service to tell the families of these children why they will not proceed with the cases." ENDS

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