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Minister fails to quell fears for Waterford Regional Hospital – Ó Caoláin

8 November, 2012 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, has called on the Minister for Health to give assurances to the people of Waterford that health services at Waterford Regional Hospital will be retained in full following the signalled implementation of new hospital ‘groups’.

Speaking after a Dáil debate today on the anticipated re-configuration of hospital services in the South East Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“It has been widely suggested over the past number of days that the report by Professor Higgins into the number and composition of new hospital groups and their relationship to the university sector, will result in an effective downgrading of Waterford Regional Hospital and the relocation of vital services to already under pressure hospitals in Cork or Dublin.

“This news has been met with outrage and consternation by the whole community in Waterford – by the medical profession – consultants, GPs, nurses and other staff, by the business and trade union sectors and by civic society in general. The minister needs to understand the potential implications, medical and economical, of this move for the people of the greater Waterford region.

“Today the minister failed to quell fears regarding the future of some services at Waterford Regional Hospital. He should immediately outline how he intends to proceed with Professor Higgins’ report and in the interest of consultation, cooperation and transparency, but most of all in the best interest of service users across the South East, he must publish the Higgins Report as soon as it is presented to him.” ENDS

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