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Cuts to addiction agency staff woefully ‘short-sighted’ – Ó Caoláin

30 October, 2012 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Commenting on the news that the number of agency nurses assigned to satellite addiction centres across the Dublin Mid-Leinster region is to be halved from today Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said:

“These addiction services have a very important role in supporting and counselling, as well as providing information regarding infection control. As such, they are a prime example of primary care and preventative medicine in action. The early and continuing intervention they provide affords vital relief for our already over-burdened acute services and Emergency Departments.

“This is yet another example of the government’s woefully short-sighted approach to health service provision. These cuts don’t make sense – economically or medically. They should be reversed immediately.”

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