O’Brien condemns HSE Service Plan
Sinn Féin TD for Cork North Central, Deputy Jonathan O’Brien today called on the government to improve health services in Cork and condemned the HSE Service Plan, stating its so-called reforms and cuts would “equal longer waiting times, more hardship for patients and more stresses and strains being placed on staff members.”
Deputy O’Brien said;
“Yesterday, my constituency colleague Deputy Dara Murphy said that the government was aiming for the target of having no one on a trolley for more than nine hours.
“It is my view that the target of this government should be to have no one on a trolley. In the Accident and Emergency departments of Cork, people wait hour upon hour to see a doctor – waiting on a trolley for nine hours will not be an achievement.
“The government may speak of reform of the health service but if this Service Plan is anything to go by then reform equals cuts, and those cuts equal longer waiting times, more hardship for patients, and more stresses and strains being placed on staff.
“Any policy which will see the number of home help hours slashed or staff not being replaced cannot, and never will, deliver a functioning healthcare system based on need and free at the point of delivery.
“The Service Plan itself explicitly states ‘the bulk of reductions that the HSE is required to deliver in 2012 will impact increasingly directly on frontline services.’ It is clear now, that the Minister for Health James Reilly and the HSE need to go back to the drawing board with this Service Plan.”