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Ó Caoláin - Minister should not allow closure of Peamount Hospital TB services

27 September, 2003


Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has called on the Minister for Health and Children Micheál Martin to intervene to prevent the closure of the TB ward at Peamount Hospital. Deputy Ó Caoláin said he had written to the Minister for Health and Children during the past week to urge that he ensures the role of Peamount in TB treatment continues. He said:

"The proposed closure of the specialized TB and chest treatment service at Peamount should not go ahead. On the one hand the Government is proposing a move of many hospital services to 'centres of excellence', yet in the case of Peamount a centre of excellence is to be closed. A case of TB was confirmed in the past week in Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry. We need to ensure that the best facilities are retained in order to combat this disease. I believe the closure of the specialized TB and chest treatment at Peamount would represent a diminution of services and would hamper our ability to most effectively contain and treat this disease.

"The Minister should intervene. I will be raising this matter in the Dáil in the coming week." ENDS

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