Munster exposes HSE Plans to Cut Primary Care Services and Staff in Louth
Sinn Féin TD Imelda Munster has revealed plans by the HSE to cut Primary Care Services by instructing management to save €1.5 million in staff costs between now and the end of year. This will mean serious cuts in home help support staff, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and public health nurses for this area which is deemed as Area 8.
Deputy Munster also learned that a meeting was held by the HSE on Friday where management instructed that the contracts of 9.5 full time clerical and administration staff in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and Louth County Hospital were to be terminated with immediate effect.
Deputy Munster said:
“It beggars belief at a time when service provision is already cut to the bone, that the HSE can continue to slash vital public health service provision such as home help support staff, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and public health nurses all of which are Primary Care Services. The sacking of clerical and administration staff at OLOL and LCH will also directly and adversely impact on patients getting appointment notices and waiting on letters from doctors and consultants.
“These are the latest savage cuts just as we are coming in to the winter months, and on top of the closure of nine beds in the Cottage Hospital and nine beds in the Louth County. It will completely clog up discharges from the hospitals because the home help support will be almost non-existent as it's already been cut to the bare minimum.
“This sort of neglect is unacceptable and the Minister for Health needs to step in here and put patient care first and not allow this to happen. It is shocking in the extreme. I intend on bringing this to the Minister’s attention this week.”