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HSE travel cuts will undermine patient care

16 July, 2008 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has today sharply criticised travel restrictions placed on HSE staff in the Primary Community and Continuing Care (PCCC) section of the HSE West due to budget cuts.

The Donegal Senator said:

“Local health staff of the PCCCHSE West with area or local assignments have had there travel budget’s withdrawn. This is a deeply worrying move by the HSE and arguably is a penny pinching approach to solve a much greater budgetary difficulty within the HSE.

“Clinical travel has also been restricted with local health offices having to have the travel approved in advance. As clinical travel involves care, treatment, welfare and protection such a barrier of bureaucracy must be questioned.

“When the government outlined its €450 million cost cutting measures last week it made a commitment that front line services would not be affected. These latest cuts in the HSE put such a commitment into question.

“Over the coming months Sinn Féin will be monitoring how government department and agency cut backs are affecting the delivery of frontline services throughout the country. Maintaining first class patient care must always be the number one priority for the HSE and Department of Health.” ENDS

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