Commenting on the news that the number of agency nurses assigned to satellite addiction centres across the Dublin Mid-Leinster region is to be halved from today Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said:
“These addiction services have a very important role in supporting and counselling, as well as providing information regarding infection control. As such, they are a prime example of primary care and preventative medicine in action. The early and continuing intervention they provide affords vital relief for our already over-burdened acute services and Emergency Departments.
“This is yet another example of the government’s woefully short-sighted approach to health service provision. These cuts don’t make sense – economically or medically. They should be reversed immediately.”