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Adams slates HSE and Government

7 July, 2011 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President and Louth and East Meath TD Gerry Adams has accused the Government and HSE of misleading the public around the issue of safety in hospitals, including that of Louth County Hospital.

He said:

“The claim by the HSE Chief Executive Cathal Magee that smaller hospitals will not be closed, and their importance will not be reduced, flies in the face of decisions currently being taken to close Accident and Emergency units”.

The Sinn Féin leader also described Mr. Magee’s assertion that the HSE won’t know the extent of the problem caused by the shortage of junior doctors until next Monday the 11th as scandalous”.

“The Health Service is in crisis and the government’s response is to cut budgets, cut services and hand hundreds of millions of tax payers money over to unguaranteed bondholders in toxic banks”.

“If hospital services are stripped away by the HSE, local budgets are reduced and insufficient junior doctors are employed to meet health needs, then risk issues will inevitably arise. The fault lies with the HSE and Minister.

“Under Fianna Fáil and now under Labour and Fine Gael the same tactics are being used to downgrade local hospitals.

“Safe hospitals require proper investment. That means putting money into Louth County and Our Lady’s in Navan and other hospitals.

“The last government and this government refuse to do that.

“The claim by the HSE Chief Executive Cathal Magee that smaller hospitals will not be closed, and their importance will not be reduced, flies in the face of decisions currently being taken to close Accident and Emergency units.

“His claim will be little consolation to those communities faced with losing essential medical services.”

The Sinn Féin leader also described Mr. Magee’s assertion that the HSE won’t know the extent of the problem caused by the shortage of junior doctors until next Monday the 11th as “scandalous”.

Mr. Adams said:

“With four days to go the HSE should by now be able to identify where shortages will occur. To claim that the HSE will have to wait to Monday is unacceptable.

“We already know that the HSE’s contingency plans in Louth are likely to impact on Our Lady of Lourdes ability to care for children.

“The HSE plans to reduce the number of Paediatric Out-Patient Department clinics, and double the waiting time for appointments.

“Its contingency plans will also reduce Lourdes ability to care for sick babies, with those born 6 weeks premature being transferred to the Rotunda Hospital.

“The Health Service is in crisis and the government’s response is to cut budgets, cut services and hand hundreds of millions of tax payers money over to unguaranteed bondholders in toxic banks”.

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