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Ó Snodaigh calls for Harney’s resignation over cutbacks at Cherry Orchard Hospital

18 June, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


Speaking in the Dáil this morning Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh called for the resignation of both Health Minister Mary Harney and HSE Chief Executive Professor Brendan Drumm for gross incompetence in the running of the HSE after he revealed that the HSE and Management at Cherry Orchard Hospital plan to close down a newly refurbished ward of the hospital and to sub contract a private operator to treat ten public patients at a higher cost to the public purse.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, “The HSE and the management of Cherry Orchard Hospital, Dublin propose to close down the newly refurbished Beech House, containing 25 community beds and to subcontract a private operator to treat 10 public patients, at a greater cost to the public purse, than keeping the facility open.

“Minister Harney and Professor Drumm of the HSE should resign immediately for gross incompetence in running the HSE.

“The cut in community beds in Cherry Orchard should also be reversed and in fact enhanced to cater for the public demand.” ENDS

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