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Sinn Féin supports Ennis Hospital Campaigners in their fight to retain A&E Services

29 September, 2007

Sinn Féin Dáil leader and spokesperson on Health Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has today pledged the party’s solidarity with the people of Ennis with who have today held a rally to highlight their opposition to the government & HSE decision to axe Ennis Hospital’s 24-hour A&E service.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said

“The Government must be forced to take heed of the voice of the people in support of their hospitals. Just today a extensive study carried out by Lansdowne Market Research and the School of Public Health and Population Science at UCD was detailed in the media to have found that 96 per cent of people believe there should be A&E departments in every county.

“Today has seen the people of County Clare making their voices heard. Government will have to sit up and take heed of the simple fact that ordinary people the length and breadth of the country need local 24-hour access to A&E services.

"The Government remained silent in the Dáil this week when I sought an emergency debate on the cuts now being imposed by the HSE and on the disastrous centralisation policy, including the latest blow to be struck which is the threatened closure of 24-hour Accident and Emergency at Ennis.

“This disastrous policy has deprived communities of vital hospital facilities and in Monaghan and elsewhere it has cost lives. This policy is not sustainable. It can and will be resisted and I commend the community in County Clare in their stand.

"It is time we built a nationwide movement for equality of access to hospital care for all of our people." CRÍOCH


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