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No new staff to be hired for Tuam Primary Care Centre - Louise O'Reilly TD

19 September, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Deputy Louise O'Reilly has criticised the Government for leading the people of Tuam on and ‘selling them a pup’ after the HSE confirmed that the new Primary Care Centre in Tuam will not have any new additional staff employed when it opens.

Deputy O'Reilly said:

“The HSE have today confirmed through Parliamentary Question that there are to be no new staff allocated to the Primary Care Centre in Tuam.

"I have been advised that ‘no additional staff will be employed’ once the new centre becomes operational. Instead, it will be an exercise in  robbing Peter to pay Paul as staff will be moved from Tuam and Miltown Health Centres.

“The HSE's response clearly articulates that there are to be no new staff allocated to the Primary Care Centre in Tuam - no additional nurses, therapists or physiotherapists. 

"Indeed, this new centre will not even require any additional support staff- porters, administration or service staff- as these too will simply be relocated.

“It is clear that the Government and its representatives have led the people of Tuam on and sold them a pup on the potential of this centre for further local employment. We have seen them do the exact same to the people of Balbriggan where they too will have a Primary Care Centre that has no new staff.

“Despite the growing demand for services in Tuam and East Galway, the fact that no new staff will be employed by the HSE in this centre undermines the premise of primary care and the importance of these services to the community.

“The provision of primary care centres, without the provision of the necessary services within them does not equate to primary care provision. That is why Sinn Féin is campaigning for the provision of vital services and vital healthcare staff in primary care centres to ensure that there is equal access to care and to ensure that pressures are taken off our acute hospital services.

“The Government spun a yarn to the people of Tuam on this Primary Care Centre, the same as they are doing as regards other Primary Care Centres around the state, and when it opens without additional staff their abhorrent let down of Tuam and East Galway will be realised- to the detriment of the health of the local community.”

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