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SINN FÉIN TO HOLD PROTEST AT PD CONFERENCE AND HAND HEALTHCARE LETTER TO MINISTER HARNEY

17 February, 2007


Sinn Féin County Councillor and general election candidate, John Dwyer, will be joined by local party members for a healthcare protest outside the PD conference at Whites Hotel, Wexford at 2pm tomorrow (Saturday).

Speaking in advance he said:

"While we would like to welcome PD members to County Wexford we would also like to draw Minister Harney's attention to the  healthcare crisis in the county. We are strongly urging her to visit Wexford General Hospital to meet the staff and to see the pressure they are under. It should be an ideal opportunity for her to pay an unannounced visit Wexford General Hospital – a visit without any plan to clear the trolleys in advance as has happened on such visits in the past.

We want her to witness the crisis first hand and to re-echo our calls for a STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THE UPGRADING OF WEXFORD GENERAL HOSPITAL to be published. This must contain guaranteed timescales for the delivery of many extra beds and upgraded services. 12,000 people in County Wexford signed our petition calling for the above:

We are making the following points in our letter which we will be handing to Minister Harney" :

UPGRADING PLAN FOR WEXFORD GENERAL
The people of Wexford have had enough, and they demand the Hanly report be binned immediately and that a strategic development plan for the upgrading of Wexford General Hospital is put in place. This plan must not be kept secret. A secret plan is no plan at all. It must be published and must be an open strategic development plan with guaranteed timescales in place for the delivery of extra beds and upgraded services.(While the Hanly report is seldom mentioned any more, nevertheless it hasn't been disposed of and still represents a threat a hanging in the background.

Sinn Fein collected 12,000 local signatures demanding such a specific upgrading document to be produced.

PSYCHIATRIC FACILITIES
As the prison-like St. Senan's Hospital is being shut down we demand modern psychiatric facilities for County Wexford, with proper community-based housing back-up where those with mental illness can live in dignity and comfort.

RADIOTHERAPY
We re-iterate the demand of hundreds of thousands of people for Radiotherapy Services for the South East.

Trojan work is being done by individuals and voluntary organizations across this county  to raise funds for  basic Cancer Care facilities at Wexford General Hospital which may be provided sometime in 2008. In a modern and wealthy economy such basic healthcare services ought to be provided immediately, as a matter of right and funded through general taxation.

CERVICAL SCREENING
We were all horrified to witness the appalling mess that is the cancer screening service (or lack of) in this country. We demand a cervical screening service with a 72 hour turnover period for County Wexford (A motion to this effect received the unanimous backing of members of Wexford County Council)

MRSA
This has been a huge problem at Wexford General Hospital. Health authorities are allowed to conceal the presence of MRSA and other hospital borne infections as contributory factors to many deaths.

A & E FACILITIES
Last year Wexford General Hospital experienced its worst ever bed crisis and has had one of the highest number of patients lying on trolleys outside of Dublin

It has had a mere 4 A & E trolleys to cater for a population of 130,000 which is a scandal.
(There were 815 cases of essential surgery cancelled at Wexford General in 2005)

AMBULANCE SERVICE FOR ALL DISTRICTS
We are asking you to instruct the HSE to address the problem of  ambulances having to be shared on a Rota basis between the four districts of the county with the Gorey area being particularly disadvantaged.


We urge you, Minister, to give the above points your urgent attention and we will not be resting until you do so.

Is Muidne le meas,

John Dwyer M.C.C.
Jimmy Fleming M.C.C.
Maurice Roche M.C.C .
Nóirín Sheridan T.C.
Anthony Kelly T.C.

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