Belfast Telegraph

Health trust needs to learn from brave Rache McAlpine's death, says MLA

By Mark Bain

South Antrim MLA Declan Kearney has called on the Northern Health Trust to learn lessons from the case of Antrim woman Rachel McAlpine.

And in paying tribute to the bravery of the Antrim woman, he said what happened to Rachel "must never be repeated".

Rachel passed away on November 5 aged 26 following a prolonged illness, during which she challenged the standard of care provided by the trust through private company Trackars Healthcare.

In a letter written on her deathbed and posted to the Belfast Telegraph by her solicitor after her funeral, she accused the Northern Health Trust of letting her down and not meeting her complex treatment needs.

She claimed her condition deteriorated significantly after the trust outsourced her care to Trackars Healthcare, which, she said, failed to fully appreciate the level of treatment she required.

Mr Kearney, who raised Rachel's case with the trust before her death, said: "I will be writing again to the trust to ask what measures it intends to put in place - if in fact it is amenable to learning from this tragic case - to ensure that no other patient endures what Rachel experienced.

"This brave young woman suffered deeply and eventually lost her life in circumstances where the quality and standard of care should have been better."

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