Bed cuts in North East are scandalous – Ó Caoláin
Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has condemned the decision of the HSE to close 50 beds and restrict operating theatre working in the North East region.
“This is a disgraceful decision, a reduction of 50 beds in the North East region where hospitals are already hard-pressed. The closure of beds in Louth County Hospital in Dundalk and in the Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda will increase the pressure on patients and staff.
“The bed closures and reduced services are a direct result of cuts imposed on Health in the Fine Gael/Labour Government's Budget 2012. What other cuts are to be imposed in the North East and across the State by the HSE to remain within that budget?
“The budget over-run was inevitable because the cut to the Health Budget in 2012 is unsustainable. If the same is done in 2013 we face melt-down in our public health services. The Government must change course or else condemn patients to further misery.”