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Hospital services collapse while Minister builds castles in the air: Ó Caoláin

30 March, 2012 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson and Cavan-Monaghan TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has condemned the cutting of services in Cavan General Hospital on the same day as Health Minister James Reilly announces plans for the ‘grouping’ of hospitals by the HSE in preparation for the establishment of hospital trusts. Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“The latest cuts to health services in the North-East HSE region will see elective surgery at Cavan General Hospital reduced by half as it will operate only on a week-on, week-off basis from 15th April.

“The Medical Assessment Unit at Cavan is also to be cut with no service provided at weekends or on public holidays from 7th April. This Unit was originally opened after Monaghan General Hospital went ‘off-call’ and was supposed to help make up for the services lost at Monaghan. I understand there was no consultation with the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation before this latest cut to the MAU was made.

“Hospital services are collapsing while Health Minister James Reilly builds castles in the air.

“As we learn of these cuts today, the Minister has announced that he has asked the HSE to establish ‘groups’ of hospitals in preparation for the establishment of hospital trusts.

“Far from reducing bureaucracy in the HSE, the Minister seems set on implementing another round of bureaucratic changes while services to patients deteriorate further thanks to the Coalition Government’s Health Budget cuts.” ENDS

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