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Plans to cut respite beds at Cherry Orchard Hospital must be reversed – Ó Snodaigh

17 April, 2008


Dublin South West Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has called for an immediate reversal of HSE plans to reduce the number of respite beds at Cherry Orchard Hospital from 24 to 12. Speaking in the Dáil today Deputy Ó Snodaigh accused the HSE and the Minister for Health Mary Harney of targeting the weakest and most vulnerable in society in the Ballyfermot area.

He said, "The Minister for Health and the HSE's proposals to cut the number of respite beds at Cherry Orchard Hospital target the weakest and most vulnerable in society in the Ballyfermot area and must be reversed immediately.

"If this plan proceeds it will have serious consequences for over fifty elderly and disabled patients in the area whoavail of the service for three or four day respite periods.

"The announcement of this plan comes on top of other short sighted cuts in services announced recently by the HSE which will effect other vulnerable groups in the Ballyfermot including children in need of speech and language therapy and recovering addicts in need of methadone treatment or other supports." ENDS

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