Press Release

Statement by Micheál Martin regarding Haemotology Unit at St James’s Hospital Dublin

Minister for Health and Children, Micheál Martin, TD, today expressed concern that the very valuable work carried out at the National Bone Marrow Transfer Unit in St James’s Hospital, Dublin has been suspended due to Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus (VRE), an antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Minister Martin’s primary concern is for the current and future patients receiving treatment at the unit in St James’s. He has today met with the hospital’s clinicians and senior management together with the Eastern Regional Health Authority (ERHA) to hear from them first hand what actions are being taken.

At the Minister’s request, a steering group made up of senior management of St James’s Hospital, ERHA and Department of Health and Children has been established to ensure that all appropriate measures will be taken. This will include arrangements to ensure that all necessary care is delivered including for those awaiting bone marrow transplants. This Group will report directly to the Minister.

The Minister stated that “My main concern is for the care of these patients and I want to reassure all concerned that whatever resources and other support are needed will be provided.”