Minister tells McGinley family ‘We will get to the truth’

The McGinley family on one of the many protests outside Altnagelvin Hospital.

HEALTH Minister Edwin Poots yesterday (Wednesday) promised to get ‘as close to the truth’ as possible in the case of Strabane pensioner Maureen McGinley.

The Minister gave his strongest commitment yet to solving the mystery during a meeting between members of the McGinley family, MLA Michaela Boyle and Health Committee Chair Sue Ramsey.


During the hour long meeting, Mr Poots revealed plans to call for a full review of the case. He also indicated that an inquiry similar to the one into the pseudomonas outbreak earlier this year could be launched.

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.

Speaking following the meeting, Maureen McGinley’s son Martin said they were delighted with the outcome of the meeting.

“We only asked for a meeting last week so we were surprised it happened so quickly.”


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