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Morgan reveals HSE plan to gut health services in North East as part of money saving operation

14 May, 2007

Sinn Féin TD for Louth Arthur Morgan has revealed the HSE plans for hospital re-configuration in the Northeast. Speaking today Deputy Morgan said the HSE plans, which he has in his posession, show that the loss of services at Louth Hospital is not about better services but part of a money saving operation. He said the people of Louth should know Fianna Fáil's plans for health services as they face into the general election.

Commenting on the Document, Deputy Morgan said, "This document clearly exposes the real intent of this Government in respect of essential health services in the North East generally, and Dundalk in particular. It reveals that Accident & Emergency services, as well as the Intensive Care Unit and ALL acute medical services will be transferred to
the Lourdes from the Louth County Hospital by July 2008. This will cause great hardship and puts the lives of vulnerable people of the greater Dundalk area at risk particularly the old and the sick. The Louth Hospital has been there since the 1950s providing essential health service. It is ironic given the growing population in the area together with the healthy
economy that these services are now being cut.

"The Document highlights what it calls "major opportunities for savings .." and estimates €5 million savings per annum. Job losses are estimated at 48 in the Region.

"This proves beyond any doubt that the loss of essential health services is not about better services, but about saving a mere €5 million. Again, this exposes this government putting a few miserly euros ahead of peoples' health.

"Government TDs are telling people that services at Louth Hospital are safe. This is clearly not the case.

"I believe it is important that voters know what is planned for hospital services in the North East before casting their votes next week." ENDS

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