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Over 100 health service staff being let go from HSE north east hospitals‏ - Tóibín

17 August, 2012

The Sinn Féin TD for Meath West Peadar Tóibín, who is the cathaoirleach of the Save Navan Hospital Campaign, has stated that “essential services at hospitals in the HSE north east region will not be viable if new government cuts go ahead.”

According to Deputy Tóibín it has come to his attention that “the HSE aims to strip hospitals in the north east of all agency staff working at the hospital. This is the latest blow to our own hospital in Navan which was just two weeks ago reeling from the announcement by the HSE that it sought to cut overnight A&E at the hospital, a cut which is being opposed by over 100 local doctors.

“Although Our Lady’s Hospital Navan is not the only hospital which will see its agency staff cut, it will suffer greater proportionally. It is my understanding that a significant number of permanent staff at Navan Hospital have been transferred to Drogheda over that last few years and have been replaced by agency staff in Navan. Agency staff cost the state 1.8 times that of a full time staff member.

“Between 80 and 100 nurses and midwives will be cut over a six week period, not to mention speech therapists, cardiac technicians, laboratory technicians and many others. None of these will be replaced unless the moratorium on employing staff in the health services is lifted. This is being planned at a time when Drogheda has the biggest trolley waiting list in the state.

“I have written to all the government TDs in the county to ask them to stand with the hospital campaign in preventing the overnight A&E closure and the culling of critical agency staff. Government TDs voted for a €750 million cut to the HSE budget last December which is directly leading to these cuts. They will be asked by their Ministers to vote for similar cuts again this December. The actions of the government TDs directly determine whether we have a functioning hospital in Meath or not. I am asking them to make that choice now and stand up for Our Lady’s Hospital Navan.”

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