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Devastating health cuts compromising patient safety in the west and midlands - Carthy

30 January, 2017 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has said devastating health cuts under successive Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil governments are compromising patient safety in the west and midlands.

Carthy was speaking as he accompanied the party’s health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD in a series of engagements with health and care workers in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway on Monday, 30th January.

Carthy and O’Reilly met with workers at St. Brigid's Hospital, Ballinasloe. They also visited Ballinasloe Social Services Day Care Centre, in Brackernagh, Ballinasloe.

Later O’Reilly and Carthy met hospital staff and trade union representatives at Portiuncula Hospital.

Both representatives also made clear Sinn Fein's commitment to continue fighting for the protection and development of services at Portiuncula General Hospital.

Matt Carthy said:

“Today’s engagements are part of Sinn Féin’s efforts to advance the cause of a modern, efficient Irish National Health Service which delivers improved health and well-being for citizens throughout the island. 

“We want to create an Irish National Health Service - a universal healthcare system to ensure that every citizen was guaranteed health care.

“Over €4 billion has been cut from health funding in recent years with the loss of over 2,000 beds.

“As a result of the policies of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, supports and services for vulnerable people, including mental health services, have been undermined by a rage if cuts.

“Over 5,000 nursing and midwifery posts, and 3,500 support and care staff have been lost.

“These devastating cuts are compromising patient care in the west and midlands on a daily basis.”


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