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Ó Caoláin - HSE plans for A&E services woefully inadequate

3 January, 2006

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has described today’s proposals by the Health Service Executive as a woefully inadequate response to the difficulties faced by patients and staff in Accident and Emergency Departments.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“More than a year after the launch of her highly publicised ten point plan Health Minister Mary Harney has completely failed to get to grips with the crisis in the health service in this state.  The difficulties in A&E are only the tip of the iceberg in the health service crisis

“Today¹s announcement is just another example of a failure to take the type of bold initiatives which must be part of the solution to the crisis in our Accident and Emergency Departments. including the provision of primary care centres and the need for thousands of additional acute beds.

“It also fails to take account of the fact that the Minister is overseeing the closure of Accident and Emergency Units across the state. As of this morning 26 beds acute beds in Monaghan General Hospital are no longer available for inpatient surgical needs.  This is the reality behind today’s announcement.  Sinn Féin is committed to fighting the cutbacks and bring about real change in our health services.” ENDS

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