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Ó Caoláin ‘furious’ at proposed Cavan and Monaghan Hospital cutbacks – ‘worse may follow’

11 January, 2012 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Cavan and Monaghan Dáil Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has voiced strong objection to the now-signalled cuts to Outpatient Services staffing at Cavan and Monaghan hospitals. The Sinn Féin Health spokesperson has described himself as “furious” at this decision which he describes as “unilateral” and “grossly irresponsible”.

He said:

“There has been no consultation with nursing staff representatives or indeed with voices representing patients’ interests, including the elected representatives of the people of these border counties.

“I am furious at this unilateral and grossly irresponsible decision that will, despite, HSE denials, impact seriously on patient access and waiting times. This is the inescapable outcome of this outrageous proposal that will also result in an increased risk factor for patients.

“And worse may yet follow.

“This decision is, we are told, in the context of the carry-forward deficit from 2011 and does not take into account the cuts that will be consequent on the €750 million reduction in health spending prescribed in Budget 2012. The HSE Service Plan, I have been advised today (Wednesday), will be signed by Minister for Health Dr James Reilly on this Friday, 13th January, whereupon each HSE Area will seek to impose further cuts to stay within their reduced annual allocations.

“I have today sought a meeting for myself and party colleagues with the Cavan & Monaghan Hospital Group General Manager Brigid Clarke and trust that this request will be acceded to before this week’s end.” ENDS

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