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McGinley family welcome health trust’s assurance on case review
THE family of Maureen McGinley has welcomed an assurance from the Western Trust that it will co-operate fully in any future review of the case.
Health Minister Edwin Poots indicated last week that he intends to write to Attorney General John Larkin and Justice Minister David Ford in a bid to get ‘as close to the truth’ as possible in the matter.
It is five years since Mrs McGinley’s body sustained 34 fractures after her death from pneumonia at Altnagelvin Hospital. Despite a long running campaign by the family, it has never been established how the fractures occurred.
Earlier this week the Western Trust reiterated its stance that the fractures did not happen on their watch. They also added that they were prepared to co-operate with the Attorney General in any future probe.
“The trust remains satisfied that the body of Mrs McGinley was treated with the utmost dignity and respect and will co-operate with the Attorney General if approached to do so,” a spokesperson said.
Welcoming the Western Trust’s promise, Mrs McGinley’s son Martin said the family simply wanted the truth, regardless of it is uncovered.
“It’s very positive news that the Western Trust has agreed to co-operate. The fact of the matter is that these fractures happened somewhere along the line and the family need answers. Whether those answers come from David Ford, the Attorney General John Larkin or trust chief executive Elaine Way, it doesn’t matter. All we want is the truth,” Martin said.