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No more health cutbacks – Ó Caoláin

5 September, 2011 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has called for cuts to the public health services to be stopped after the latest Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) figures show that there are now 1,947 public hospital beds closed.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“These INMO figures are truly shocking and confirm the damage done to our public health services in recent years by savage cutbacks. These cuts were imposed by the Fianna Fáil/Green Party Government and are being continued by the Fine Gael/Labour Party Government.

“The direct result of the cuts, including the recruitment embargo, is nearly 2000 public beds closed and patients facing overcrowding, longer waiting lists and less safe hospitals. The cuts have also led to the worst August figures in five years for patients waiting on trolleys.

“New Health Minister James Reilly has not reopened a single hospital bed closed by his predecessors; in fact on his watch the closures have continued.

“There must be no more health cutbacks if we are to avoid complete melt-down in our public health services. A programme of bed re-opening should be commenced and the recruitment embargo lifted.” ENDS

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