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Closure of care homes and beds will be resisted – Ó Caoláin

24 December, 2011 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has said that communities across the country will resist the HSE plans revealed today (Christmas Eve) to close up to ten publicly run community nursing homes and 900 beds in its 2012 service plan.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“On Christmas Eve comes the leak of the HSE's 2012 service plan with the prospect of ten publicly run community nursing homes being closed down, 900 beds closed and 4,500 medical staff cut. This eviction notice is the Christmas present from the Fine Gael/Labour Government to the old and the ill in Irish society.

“Any attempts to close further nursing homes will be resisted by communities across the country. When nursing home closures were announced earlier this year we warned that the Government and the HSE now had an unwritten policy to close down public provision of nursing home care for older people.

“If this HSE service plan is implemented then older people will be removed from their homes in 2012. None of this plan should be implemented before the resumption of the Dáil which should have the opportunity to debate and vote on it. In the meantime I urge communities to get organised to resist the threatened closures.” ENDS

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