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Minister Harris needs to clarify the future of our A&Es - Louise O’Reilly TD

10 July, 2016 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Louise O'Reilly TD has demanded that Minister Simon Harris clarify the future of nine A&Es, expected to be closed by the HSE, according to an article in this morning's Sunday Business Post.

The article contained details expected to be form part of a report from the Trauma Steering  Group. The hospitals listed in the article are Cavan Naas, Portiuncula, Mullingar, St Luke’s (Kilkenny), Wexford, South Tipperary, Mercy University Hospital (Cork) and Portlaoise.

Deputy O’Reilly said;

“Downgrading our hospital A&Es will leave people feeling very vulnerable. We are still awaiting an implementation plan for the Capacity Review of the ambulance service, and likewise, we are awaiting the implementation of the Primary Care Strategy.  

“The health system is in chaos, with many reports that recommend investment being shelved and those that recommend cuts being implemented.

“The Minister Harris needs to move immediately to reassure communities, and the wider public, that any restructuring will be done in a way that enhances service delivery and improves patient outcomes.  

“Downgrading services to save money, or because the HSE cannot recruit Emergency Department staff, is wrong and must be halted immediately”

“Furthermore, it is frustrating that, yet again, communities across Ireland are hearing about the possible plans for the future of the services that they depend on via a newspaper article.

“Leaked reports and piecemeal information seem to be an integral part of this Fine Gael led and Fianna Fáil supported government.  

“The reorganisation of our health services must be done in a planned and methodical way and must involve consultation with stakeholders.”

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