Ford asked to look at McGinley death

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The north’s Justice Minister and Attorney General are to be asked to help finally establish how a Strabane woman sustained more than 30 fractures after she died at Altnagelvin Hospital.

Seventy eight year-old Maureen McGinley died of natural causes at Altnagelvin Hospital on January 3, 2007.

The mother-of-six died of pneumonia at Ward 20, Altnagelvin.

Ten weeks after her death the family were informed by Health Trust officials that their mother had sustained 34 rib fractures.

The McGinley family this week met with the north’s Health Minister Edwin Poots along with Sinn Fein MLA’s Michaela Boyle and Sue Ramsey, chair of the Health Committee.

Ms Boyle said the minister has given a commitment to establish the truth about what happened to Mrs McGinley.

She went on; “The Minister has proposed writing to the Attorney General John Larkin and Justice Minister David Ford calling for a review of the case as the first option of getting to the truth.

“The Minister also spoke about writing to the NIO to ask for a inquiry similar to the one carried out in the pseudomonas outbreak earlier in the year.”

Ms Boyle added; “The McGinleys have now been campaigning for five years and deserve the truth and it is important that we bring this to an end for the sake of the family.”