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Cullinane calls on government to reject leaked HSE report

15 June, 2011

Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has stated that the Minister for Health and Children must reject a leaked HSE report which recommended the reduction of sexual assault services, and introducing waiting lists for pregnant women and newborn infants.

The report warned that unless these measures are approved, some regional hospitals in the north east could close.

Speaking in the house yesterday, Senator Cullinane stated that the Minister needed to address the Seanad to clarify these matters.

“There have been numerous calls for the minister for Health to address this house on a number of matters, and this must be among the most crucial of them.

“The public could be forgiven for thinking there had never been an election, as we are seeing the exact same tactics as the previous government of scare tactics and leaked reports. The tricks we saw with the previous establishment, as with the McCarthy report, are being repeated now. The patients are being used as pawns. There does not have to be a decision between such essential services, and closure of hospitals.

“The crazy spectacle of HSE staff being paid for work they hadn't done is just one illustration of the waste which exists in the system. The government would be better addressing such waste rather than resorting to scare tactics.

“This report is a worrying insight in to the slash and burn philosophy which prevails in the corridors of power. The threat to Monaghan General Hospital and Louth General Hospital is equally a threat to Waterford General Hospital and to Roscommon General Hospital. If it can happen in the north east, then it can happen in the South east and in the West as well.”

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