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Crowe calls for support for Tallaght Health Rally

27 March, 2008

Speakin to media at Leinster House this morning Dublin South West Sinn Féin representative Seán Crowe called on the public to turn out in high numbers for the rally in support of Tallaght Hospital which takes place tomorrow in Tallaght ahead of the Dublin Congress of Trade Unions' rally for a decent health service in the city centre.

He said, "Yesterday I joined the Tallaght Hospital Action Group to hand in to the Department of Health 12,000 postcards which are signed, not just in protest at the downgrading of Tallaght Hospital, but also in support of the expansion of existing services at the hospital. The volume of postcards returned to the group is evidence of the anger in the local community at the cuts in our services.

"Tallaght Hospital is being downgraded and stripped of essential staff that are not being replaced when their contracts end. The hospital is short of Physiotherapists, Radiologists, Anaesthetists, Social Workers, Pharmacists, IT staff, Clerical staff and nurses.

"The Children's Hospitals at Tallaght and Crumlin are to be moved to the Mater site by 2012 with the prospect of leaving all of South Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare without over night beds for sick children. Cancer services are moving to the centre of excellence in St. James' while there are proposals to move Orthopaedic services to Naas. All of this is contributing to the erosion of services at Tallaght Hospital.

"Sinn Féin wants to reverse this disastrous downgrading of our hospital. We would urge everybody to support the march this Saturday, 29th of March, leaving from Tallaght Hospital at 1pm and the Dublin Council of Trades Unions March in support of the Health Service at 3pm from the City Centre." ENDS

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