AQW 32529/11-15

Mr Patsy McGlone
Social Democratic and Labour Party
Mid Ulster

Tabled Date: 31/03/2014
Answered On Date: 03/04/2014
Priority Written: Yes

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, in relation to the incidents in which responses by the Northern Health and Social Care Trust were found to be below standard and in which the patient subsequently died, whether the families or next of kin have been notified of the Trust’s below standard response in all eleven cases.

Revised Answer:
The Northern Health & Social Care Trust identified to my Department 20 separate incidents in which the response by the Trust was below standard. The Trust further advises that, where appropriate, in each of the cases involving a death, the families of those involved have been advised. This is a sensitive issue for families and requires careful interaction. It is also important to understand that families may choose to decline engagement with the Serious Adverse Incident process.