Call for Minister to Meet Clare Deputies

April 11th, 2008 - Pat Breen

Call for Minister to meet Clare Deputies on Ennis Superbug Report – Breen

Fine Gael Clare TD Pat Breen today (Friday) called on the Health Minister to meet with the four Dáil members for Clare to discuss the findings of a HSE report on Clostridium difficile in Ennis General Hospital.

“Minister Mary Harney described the findings of a review into increased presence of Clostridium difficile at Ennis General as ‘serious’. This is something of an understatement. The report shows that the hospital was struggling with overcrowding, faulty equipment and hygiene control and, while the levels of the bug may now be under control, a full discussion with the Minister would help to restore public confidence which has been badly shaken.

“Most importantly, there is an urgent need to implement the recommendations of the report. In particular funding for the construction of additional storage and cleaning facilities for both medical wards at the hospital and for the hospital development project is essential.

“The Ennis experience shows up the need for a national campaign to prevent the spread of superbugs and Fine Gael has been calling for some time for a uniform system of detecting and reporting superbugs as well as other measures. It is welcome that Clostridium difficile will become notifiable from early May and that the National Surveillance Centre is preparing national guidelines for publication in late May.

“However, progress has been far too slow and it is impossible to tackle superbugs without adequate information on their prevalence. The lessons of Ennis should be learned so that the same situation is not allowed to occur somewhere else.”

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