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Patients in North East treated like second class citizens - Ó Caoláin

20 October, 2005

Commenting on the revelation that a patient with a life threatening vascular swelling had to be taken by his family from Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan to a Dublin hospital because of the unavailability of vascular cover in the North East, Sinn Fein Health and Childrens spokesperson, Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin said:

“This is yet another case which shows that people in the North East region – Cavan, Monaghan, Louth and Meath – are being treated like second class citizens where acute hospital services are concerned.  Coming less than a week after the death of Patrick Walsh this latest case reinforces the demand for a complete revision of acute hospital policy so that life saving services can be accessible to all, regardless or geographic location or ability to pay.” ENDS

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