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Proposed Public Inquiry into Northern Trust C-Diff infection should be extended to all Health Trust areas

25 November, 2008 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin Foyle Martina Anderson MLA commenting on the recent outbreak of the hospital acquired infection, Clostridium Difficile (C-Diff) in Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry has called on Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey to extend the proposed Public Inquiry into revent deaths from this bug in the Northern Trust area to all Health Trusts.

Martina Anderson said:

"While I have the Highest regard for the Management and nursing staff at Altnagelvin I believe that when we have an outbreak of hospital acquired infection that there is an onus to inform the public as to the origin and cause of such an incident. It is important that public confidence is maintained in the Health Service and that everything is being done to ensure that there is no recurrence of this problem.

"The most vulnerable to this infection would seem to be the elderly and patients recovering from surgery. It is essential that the families of these patients have reassurance about the welfare and wellbeing of their loved ones when they are admitted to hospital. I believe that the best way in which the Minister can provide this reassurance is by extending the proposed Public Inquiry into the deaths from C-Diff in the Northern Trust area to all Health Trusts in the North." ENDS

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