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Threats to cut health spending in Northeast by €10 million will be fought tooth and nail

6 June, 2006

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has voiced his deep concern at reports in the media that the HSE North East is to cut spending by nearly €10 million. Deputy Ó Caoláin, who represents Cavan and Monaghan -- two counties directly affected by the HSE Northeast, said "Such cuts would have a devastating impact on all acute hospitals in the region and would be fought tooth and nail."

Deputy Ó Caoláin said, "Over the last number of years we have seen widespread cuts to hospital services in Monaghan, Cavan, Meath and Louth. A further contraction of service deliveries including timeframes for same can only spell further misery and fear for whole communities including those who have suffered multiple avoidable deaths over the past short number of years.

"Sinn Féin's critical concern is for patient safety and avoiding worsening delays in securing both emergency and elective procedures. The priority here should not be the imposition of restrictions but rather the adequate resourcing of the HSE. The reality is that per capita spending in the North East is below the national average.

"It is intolerable that the HSE is suggesting further cuts in the Northeast when the healthcare service in the region is already in deep crisis. Cuts such as those reported in the media would further compromise patient safety and will not be tolerated." ENDS

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