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Letterkenny Hospital cutbacks will be replicated elsewhere – Ó Caoláin

7 July, 2008 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caolain has said that HSE cutbacks continue to affect patient care and will be accelerated over the summer months. He said cuts proposed at Letterkenny General Hospital would be replicated elsewhere and urged people to "be vigilant in defence of threatened hospital services".

Deputy Ó Caoláin said, "Management at Letterkenny General Hospital are proposing to close a 20-bed ward and to scale back the services provided in the Day Service Unit for a number of weeks in August. This may include closing the day service unit for up to a fortnight.

"These are cost-cutting measures which cannot but effect patient care. I have no doubt that cuts of this nature and worse are being prepared for other hospitals across the State. This is on top of the ongoing drive to centralise the hospital system and to strip local hospitals of services.

"We will not see the full extent of health cutbacks until after the Dáil goes into summer recess. People need to be vigilant in defence of threatened hospital services. Public pressure is needed to oppose these cuts." ENDS

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