MLA backs Derry family's call for pseudomonas inquiry

Caoimhe Campbell and Gavin Burke
Image caption Caoimhe Campbell and Gavin Burke want a full public inquiry into the outbreak

A Foyle MLA, Mark H Durkan, is backing a Londonderry family's call for a public inquiry into the recent outbreaks of pseudomonas.

Caoimhe Campbell and Gavin Burke's son Caolan was 10 days old when he died in Altnagelvin Hospital in the city in December.

The Health Minister Edwin Poots told them he was sorry for what happened but ruled out a public inquiry.

Mr Durkan said the family needed to find out the truth of what happened.

The couple acknowledge their son, who was born 15 weeks prematurely, was very seriously ill, but they said he was showing signs of improving, before his death on 14 December.

Weeks later, three babies died from a different strain of the bacterium in Belfast.

Mr Durkan said he suspected that the minister's decision had been made on grounds of cost.

"What is the cost of a baby's life?" Mr Durkan asked.

"What is the cost of this baby's suffering? And what's the cost of saving or preventing similar deaths in the future?"

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