Cullinane welcomes Seanad Leader's comments on Waterford Regional Hospital
Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has welcomed a statement by Fine Gael Senator Maurice Cummins that he will consider his position as Leader of the Seanad if plans to downgrade Waterford Regional Hospital go ahead.
Senator Cummins made the comments on WLR FM's Deise AM show earlier today.
Senator Cullinane said the breakup of the South-East Hospital network will cost lives and seriously damage services, as well as costing jobs.
Senator Cullinane said:
“I welcome the strong statement from the leader of the Seanad today. Plans to downgrade Waterford Regional Hospital would be a disaster for the south-east region. It will affect patients from across the region with vital services such as trauma, cancer care and cardiology decimated if not lost altogether.
“If the downgrade goes ahead, patients from Kilkenny and Wexford will have to travel to Dublin while Waterford and South Tipperary will be grouped with Cork. This could cost lives as the critical intervention times for certain treatments may not be met.
“Not only would a downgrade effect patients, hundreds of jobs will also be lost and our regional hospital will become nothing more than a county hospital.”
“We need to fight tooth and nail to secure our services,” he added.