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Savage health cuts will be fought tooth and nail – Ó Caoláin

13 June, 2011 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Health & Children Spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caolain TD has described as "savage" the cuts proposed for health services in the Dublin/North East region in an internal HSE document revealed in the media today. He called on Health Minister to rule out such cuts.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

"The cuts proposed in this HSE document are nothing short of savage. It is proposed to slash services for pregnant women and young children, immunisation programmes and support for survivors of sexual abuse. There is also an outrageous threat to close Monaghan General Hospital and the Louth County Hospital in Dundalk

"Such savage cuts will be fought tooth and nail. I call on Health Minister James Reilly immediately to rule out what would be an all-out attack on health services in the Dublin-North East region. If cuts of this nature are imposed here they will be extended to other regions.

"Any attempt to make health service users pay with their health for the gambling debts of international financiers must be resisted."

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