HSE spin cannot hide cuts - Ó Caoláin
Commenting on the publication of HSE 2013 Service Plans for HSE Dublin/North East and for HSE South, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said:
"No amount of spin from the HSE in these regional plans can hide the fact that they implement the Fine Gael/Labour Budget 2013 and the HSE's National Service Plan 2013 which imposes €721 million in cuts to our public health services.
"An initial reading of the HSE Dublin/North East Service Plan, for example, shows a staff reduction of 750 (whole time equivalents WTEs) and 55 fewer public nursing home beds for older people.
"It shows that the HSE in the region is owed €15.75 million by health insurers for the use of beds in public hospitals by private patients.
"The HSE claims that home help hours that were cut in the last quarter of 2012 have been reversed but there is no evidence to support this and people who lost hours have not had them returned. A real reversal would see these hours restored in 2013 and this is what should happen.
"There are also reductions for children and family services and disability services and closer scrutiny of these plans will be needed to see the reality behind the spin." ENDS