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Ambulance service axed for cancer & dialysis patients in West

21 June, 2011 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has described as “appalling” the axing of ambulance transport services for hundreds of cancer and dialysis patients in the HSE West region stretching from Donegal to Limerick.

He said:

“This is an appalling development. Hundreds of patients are to be denied access to ambulance transport to and from vital dialysis treatment and cancer treatments across a huge swathe of the country stretching from the Limerick border with Cork and Kerry to the shores of Lough Foyle.

“The HSE has stated in a letter to hospital managers that the service will be terminated from 1 July. Yet in response to media queries today the HSE describes this as a ‘review’, despite the fact that the process of ending the service has already commenced. Not for the first time the word ‘review’ is being used as a smokescreen for what is a savage cut.

“This cut affects 456 dialysis patients and 125 cancer patients in the West of Ireland. It must be reversed. Health Minister James Reilly must show much more activity and diligence in addressing the crisis in our increasingly chaotic public health services.”

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