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‘Illogical’ cuts in community bed facility

18 June, 2009


Dublin Sinn Féin Councillor Louise Minihan (Ballyfermot/Drimnagh) today said that the HSE’s decision to close down the newly refurbished Beech House at Cherry Orchard Hospital containing 25 community beds and to subcontract a private operator to take 10 public patients, is “illogical”.

Speaking today Councillor Minihan said, “The decision taken by the HSE and Cherry Orchard Hospital management to close down the newly refurbished Beech House, containing 25 community beds and to subcontract a private operator to treat 10 public patients, beggars belief. There is no logic in closing down a public facility, and then pay over the odds for the same service to be delivered in a private facility, unless of course the idea is to further the healthcare privatisation agenda of Minister Harney and now the Fianna Fáil/Green government agenda.

“Only a number of months ago the HSE tried to get rid of sorely needed respite beds and that decision was resisted by the local people of Ballyfermot, until it was reversed. That decision, similar to this one, was illogical and would cost the public purse more in the short as well as long term, and this decision will be resisted in a similar manner.

“In the Dáil today, Thursday 18 June, Aengus Ó Snodagh TD raised the matter and called for ‘Minister Harney and Professor Drumm of the HSE to resign immediately for gross incompetence in running the HSE’ and for the cuts in community beds in Cherry Orchard to be reversed and in fact enhanced to cater for the public demand”. ENDS

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