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McLellan to lead Protest at Mallow General Hospital

11 July, 2011

Sinn Féin's Sandra McLellan has called on all supporters of Mallow General Hospital to attend a protest against the downgrading of services at Mallow General Hospital organised for today, Monday at 2pm.

Speaking in advance of the protest Deputy McLellan said:

"I am calling on the whole community to come out to support this protest against the scandalous attack on emergency services at Mallow General Hospital. The cut-backs on the A&E department will have a detrimental effect on the 100,000 people that live in its catchment area. I have no doubt that lives will be lost as a result of this decision, if implemented. I am calling on everybody to come out at 2pm on today to support the retention of these vital services at the hospital. We need everyone, young and old, parents and children, sports clubs, community groups, businesses, hospital staff, supporters of all political parties and none, to make their opposition to this decision heard."

"This issue is bigger than politics, yet it is in the hands of politicians to get it reversed. Local Government TDs need to exercise their influence to ensure that this is what happens. They have acknowledged in the past that to downgrade A&E services will only force people to an already overcrowded CUH, but now they say this move is being in the interest of safety. This is absolute nonsense. They need to stand up for their constituents and stand up for their hospital."

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