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Ó Caoláin joins protest by Irish Nurses Organisation at Cavan Hospital

14 April, 2005

Sinn Féin Health and Children spokesperson and Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin is this afternoon joining the protest by the Irish Nurses Organisation at Cavan General Hospital. Speaking prior to the protest, Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

"The failure of the Government to implement its own Health Strategy means that nurses have been forced to stage this protest campaign. They deserve full public support.

"The disgraceful situation in our public hospital A&E units is preventable. Many of the remedies are in the Government's own Health Strategy which it has failed to implement. These include:

  • More acute beds in our hospitals as promised
  • The recruitment of the additional nurses required
  • The roll-out of promised Primary Care centres to help take the pressure off our hospitals
  • The conclusion of the negotiations with hospital consultants for a new contract and exclusive working by new consultants in the public system
  • Restoration of A&E services in local hospitals where they have been cut.

"It is scandalous that once again the number of people on trolleys and chairs in A&E units reached an all-time high this year.

"Nurses and front-line health service workers are to be commended for taking action on behalf of patients. The pressure should be maintained until Minister Harney fulfils the promises she made last autumn to ensure real improvements in A&E by the spring of 2005." ENDS

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