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Health Budget will mean savage cuts in services – Ó Caoláin

14 October, 2008

Commenting on the effect of the Budget on health services, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health & Children Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said:

"The minimal increase in the Health budget is well below inflation and will lead to massive cutbacks across the health services. On Budget Day itself one of our largest hospitals - the Lourdes in Drogheda - had to close for emergencies as it cannot cope. This Budget is a recipe for more of the same.

"At the same time people will be forced to pay higher charges for A&E visits and for medicines. Means testing for medical cards for older people is being reintroduced, another example of the totally incoherent health policy of this Government. Services will be slashed, patients will suffer and avoidable deaths will increase amongst those on lowest incomes who depend most on our public health services." ENDS

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