Doherty calls for unity against HSE West cuts
Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has called for unity across the political spectrum in solidarity with patients and with health service workers in the face of proposed savage cuts to health services in the HSE West region which stretches from Donegal to Limerick. He said:
“The proposals in the Mott/McDonald consultancy report would devastate health services in Donegal, Connacht and North Munster, the area covered by HSE West. By the consultants’ own admission the proposed cut of up to 1,000 temporary staff would be mostly in front-line services. This would plunge an already struggling public health service in the region into deeper crisis.
“If imposed, the recommendations would see the closure of hospitals and of further hospital beds and the cutting of hospital staff hours, in addition to the 1,000 lay-offs. Hospital services would be simply devastated. The further reduction in home help hours and in grants to voluntary organisations would represent an attack on older people and on people with disabilities.
“There needs to be unity across the political spectrum in solidarity with patients and with health service workers in the face of these proposed savage cuts. The report is clearly part of the ‘softening up’ process for the Government’s Budget later this year. Fianna Fáil TD in particular must be challenged to truly represent those who elect them and not to sit on their hands while this attack on health services in the West is escalating.” ENDS