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Poots to update Health Committee on interim findings of Pseudomonas Review

Health Minister Edwin Poots has asked for the Health Committee to be recalled, to update them on the independent review of the Pseudomonas outbreaks in December and January. Mr Poots received the interim report from the Review team on Friday.
Friday, 30 March 2012

The Independent Review of the Incidents of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Infection and Colonisation in Neo-natal Augmented Settings in Northern Ireland is being compiled by a review team led by Professor Pat Troop CBE.

Mr Poots said: “I want to thank Professor Troop and her team for undertaking this review and for delivering their initial findings to me. I will now take time to consider its findings and recommendations. I have asked the Chair of the HSSPS Committee if she would reconvene the committee this Wednesday (April 4) so that I can update members. I would like to thank her for agreeing to do this.”

The Review team is due to deliver its report in full to the Minister by the end of May 2012.

Notes to Editors

1. The interim report will be published on the RQIA website on Wednesday.

2. Mr Poots commissioned RQIA to conduct an expert-led inquiry into the incidents of pseudomonas infection and colonisation across hospital neo-natal units that arose in the closing weeks of 2011 and early 2012. On 31 January 2012, he announced the establishment of the Review in a statement in the Assembly.

3. The review has been chaired by Professor Pat Troop, CBE, former Chief Executive of the Health Protection Agency. Professor Troop is a former Chief Executive of the Health Protection Agency and former Deputy Chief Medical Officer of England.

4. The review team comprises:

a. Professor Pat Troop, CBE, Review Chair, Cambridgeshire

b. Dr Ian Laing, Consultant Neonatologist, Scotland

c. Graham Marsh, former NHS Director of Property and Medical Engineering, England

d. Dr Michael Kelsey, Consultant Microbiologist, London

e. Mae Nugent, Practice Development Nurse - Neonatology, London

f. Dr Tyrone Pitt, retired Deputy Director of the Laboratory of Health Care Associated Infections, Health Protection Agency, England

g. Dr David Stewart, RQIA Director of Reviews and Medical Director, Northern Ireland

h. Lay reviewers from the charity, Sands, which can offer support when a baby dies during pregnancy or after birth; and from the special care baby charity, Bliss, which provides vital support and care to premature and sick babies

5. The first stage of the review, completed by 30 March 2012, addresses the causes and impact of the incidents. The Review team is scheduled to deliver its report in full by the end of May 2012.

6. Media enquiries about this press release to DHSSPS Press Office on 028 9052 2841, or out of hours contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.