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Government must rule out adoption of appalling HSE cuts proposals – Ó Caoláin

14 October, 2011 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD


Sinn Féin health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has today slammed cuts proposals from the HSE which he described as “appalling”.

Among measures being considered are a freeze on new medical cards and slashing home help hours.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“I am absolutely appalled by the proposals contained in this document.

“Recommendations include a freeze on all new medical cards until 2012, reducing home help hours by 600,000 and removing 400,000 personal assistant hours.

“This would amount to an all out attack on the health services should these proposals be implemented.

“I want a commitment from Fine Gael and Labour that they will not adopt, or even consider, these disgraceful proposals.”

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