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Ferris calls on Harney to visit A&E at Kerry General Hospital

1 April, 2005


Speaking on today's visit by the Minister for Health Mary Harney to the IMO conference in Kerry, the North Kerry TD Martin Ferris has called on her to visit the Accident and Emergency Department at Kerry General Hospital so that "she can see at first hand the terrible situation patients and staff have to put up with on a daily basis." He also called her to deliver on promises her predecessor had made to the people of Kerry on the extension of BreastCheck.

Deputy Ferris said:

"I hope that this visit by Mary Harney will make her realise that the promises her government made to the people of Kerry had not been forgotten. Issues like cancer care, the chronic situation at the Accident and Emergency Department and the continued failure to deliver on the promise made by Micheál Martin to extend BreastCheck to the south-west still need to be addressed.

"The resignation of a leading cancer specialist at Cork University Hospital over the lack of resources should have set alarm bells ringing at the Department of Health, because it clearly signals that this government is failing to meet the needs of cancer patients in Kerry and Cork.

"While people face long waiting times, possibly on trolleys, she has said that it could take up to four years to build an extension to the A&E ward at Kerry General Hospital. I hope that Minister Harney will take time out of her schedule to visit the A&E department at Kerry General so she can see at first hand the terrible situation patients and staff have to put up with on a daily basis. ENDS

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