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Outpatients ward at Crumlin forced to close

27 August, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Dublin Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has called on the Minister for Health to reverse the cutbacks at Crumlin Children’s Hospital after the general outpatients ward was forced to close for two days this week. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said the Medical Tower at the hospital which was only opened a couple of years ago has admitted no outpatients this week and consultants are being paid to do nothing while patients are forced to travel across the city for treatment.

Speaking today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, “These cutbacks have more to do with the privatisation and centralisation of crucial health services than any cost cutting measures. They are ideologically driven and completely nonsensical and Minister Harney should have them reversed immediately.

“This week the outpatient ward was forced to close on both Tuesday and Wednesday while the Medical Tower, which was opened just a couple of years ago, admitted no outpatients this week.

“Consultants at the hospital are being paid this week for doing nothing. At the same time we have patients having to travel across the city for access to vital services. This is a disgrace.

“Similar closures are planned for next month and will result in even more chaos. Sinn Féin will continue to oppose these nonsensical cutbacks.” ENDS

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