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Cut backs starting to bite in Crumlin Children’s Hospital

11 June, 2008

Dublin South Central Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has revealed that staff cuts are beginning to bite at Crumlin Children's Hospital. Speaking today health workers held protests against hospital cuts, Deputy Ó Snodaigh revealed that staff have been let go from Urology, Neurology, Dieticians and Pastoral Care while porters are expecting to be laid off this week.

He said, "The Urology Department used to have two nurses but now only has one and she is currently on leave. There is a similar situation in with the secretaries in the Neurology Department where one has been let go and the other is on leave with nobody covering. We even have the farcical situation where the answering machine in the Neurology Department states that due to cutbacks nobody can answer the phone.

"Two dieticians have been let go while the Pastoral Care contract ends at the end of this month. The Porters are only on Monthly contracts and are expecting to be laid off next week.

"Despite the government and HSE recognition that Crumlin Children's Hospital has increased its out patient activity by 8%, the number of inpatients by 2% and the number of day cases dealt with by 12.3% it is still being penalised by the imposition of a staff cut of 120 amounting to almost 10% of its workforce.

"The government must support staff and patients at the Crumlin Children's Hospital. There must be a Government intervention to halt the excessive waste of money by the HSE on unnecessary advisors and endless reports etc. €43 million was spent on advice last year yet it is frontline staff who are being cut at this expense." ENDS

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