Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to blame for lack of services at Waterford Regional Hospital – Cullinane
Speaking in Waterford today, Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane condemned the ongoing failure of the Minister for Health to ensure Waterford Regional Hospital is adequately resourced. Referring to the appalling lack of services at the hospital and the impact of this for the well-being of people in the region, Deputy Cullinane said:
“Unfortunately, no routine appointments are being made for GP referred patients due to a shortage of radiographers arising from delays in recruitment. A letter to this effect was issued to all GPs on 26 February and they were instructed to limit referrals to emergency cases until the issue is resolved.
“This is yet another chapter in the ongoing dismantling of services at Waterford Regional Hospital.
“It is not acceptable that people in the region are treated as second class citizens and expected to accept a seriously depleted and under resourced public health services.
“This would not be tolerated in Dublin and I call on Minister Varadkar to rectify the situation immediately.
“The current jockeying for position between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil around the make-up of the next government means it is impossible for elected representatives to raise issues such as this in the Dáil.
“This is a disgrace, as a run-down and poorly resourced regional hospital has a huge impact on the well-being of people lives.
“Clearly, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil TD’s are not reliant on the public health system because otherwise the situation at Waterford Regional Hospital would not be tolerated.
“Both parties are failing the people of the region who at the very least deserve a decent public health system in 2016.”