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McLaughlin welcomes Human Rights inquiry into emergency care

3 June, 2014 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin health spokesperson at the Assembly Maeve McLaughlin said today she welcomes a Human Rights Commission inquiry into emergency care in the North of Ireland.

And the Foyle MLA said she has already contacted the commission to request an immediate briefing on the inquiry.

Maeve McLaughlin said:

“We welcome the Human Rights Commission’s (HRC) inquiry into emergency care services in the North.

“We have been saying for some time now that the health service has been staggering from one crisis to another, putting patients’ lives at risk.

“The intervention by the HRC means that patients, some in desperate need of immediate medical attention, are being so mistreated in A&E that it may breach their human rights.

“This is unacceptable in any institution but within hospitals, which are dedicated centres of care and compassion, it’s a disgrace.

“We have been calling on minister Poots to review how resources are being used in the health service as both patients and staff have highlighted serious breakdowns in care.

“This minister has squandered money on pursuing a personal religious agenda on equality issues like blood donations and adoptions while people lives are at risk from serious breakdowns in care.”

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