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Further downgrading of hospitals will be resisted - Ó Caoláin

6 November, 2012 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Commenting on reports that Health Minister James Reilly is considering further downgrading of key hospitals across the State by ending 24-hour accident and emergency cover, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said:

"Reports that the Minister for Health James Reilly is to attempt to end 24-hour accident and emergency services at key hospitals across the State are alarming.

"The slashing of these services at Waterford, Loughlinstown, Bantry, Mallow, Limerick and Navan would be a massive blow to the health infrastructure of this State. Already our hospital system has been cut to the bone with services removed from smaller hospitals and with the health cuts of recent years putting serious pressure on patients and staff throughout the system.

"Minister Reilly came to office with his promises still ringing in the ears of the people of Roscommon. He broke those promises and refused to restore the emergency department at Roscommon Hospital. He will meet strong resistance if he now attempts to add further hospitals to the hit list that has seen the downgrading of hospitals such as Monaghan, Dundalk, Nenagh and Roscommon. The Minister should use his Question time in the Dáil this Thursday to make clear exactly what he is planning." ENDS

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