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Cuts at regional orthopaedic unit a disgrace

1 October, 2008

Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has described as "a disgrace" cuts announced this evening (Wednesday) in the Regional Orthopaedic Unit serving Counties Cavan, Monaghan, Louth and Meath.

The HSE has announced that from Monday 6th October the orthopaedic theatres in Our Lady's Hospital, Navan will not be in use on Wednesdays and Fridays and the Orthopaedic Department will close from 12th December 2008 to 31st December.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

"These cuts to a key service for an entire region of the country are a disgrace. People throughout Counties Cavan, Monaghan, Louth and Meath will be affected by the reduction in orthopaedic services, especially the elderly. The knock-on effect will be pain for many individual patients and longer waiting lists going into 2009.

"Once again the North East region experiences cuts first and worst. Last week I exposed how the HSE is to effectively close down most services in Cavan General Hospital and Monaghan General Hospital for two two-week periods in October/November and December/January.

"The cuts now being imposed across the health services are hitting patient care on a daily basis, giving the lie to the claims of Health Minister Harney and HSE Chief Brendan Drumm that such care would not be affected." ENDS

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