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HSE recruitment ban must be lifted to maximise patient care - Ó Caoláin

3 October, 2007


Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD called on the Minister for Health Mary Harney to withdraw her statement that the cuts being imposed on hospitals by the HSE will not affect patient care after it was revealed that up to eight operations per day are being cancelled at Cavan General Hospital.

Deputy Ó Caoláin today sought an adjournment of the Dáil to discuss the continuing impact of the disgraceful cuts and called for immediate measures to lift the ban on recruitment.

Speaking in the Dáil today he said, "Contrary to claims by the Minister for Health Mary Harney, the disgraceful cuts being imposed by the HSE on hospitals is having a disastrous affect on patient care with the cancellation of up to eight operations per day in Cavan General Hospital alone.

"I am calling on Minister Harney to withdraw her statement that the cuts will not affect patient care, apologise to patients in our healthcare system and take immediate measures to lift the ban on recruitment and to restore services." ENDS

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