Save and upgrade St. Michael's Hospital - Sinn Féin
Speaking today at a rally to save and upgrade St. Michael's Hospital in Dún Laoghaire, South Dublin Sinn Féin representative Shaun Tracey said Sinn Féin is committed to supporting the staff and patients of St Michaels in ensuring that Dún Laoghaire retains the hospital and called for the return of 24 hour accident and emergency services.
Mr. Tracey said, "On behalf of Sinn Féin I want to once again reiterate our complete support for the campaign to save and to upgrade St. Michael's Hospital.
"St Michaels Hospital is a central element of community well being here Dún Laoghaire. It is part of the life of the community and as a public hospital, funded through public money St. Michael's Hospital belongs to the local community.
"There is enormous unease at the possibility that the hospital could be sold and moved to another site. That a proposal to sell the hospital is being initiated by a private developer in pursuit of profit rather than on the basis of local community needs is shameful.
"Once again I am calling on the St Vincent's healthcare Group to provide greater clarity on the discussions that are currently taking place with private developer Noel Smith.
"Sinn Féin is committed to supporting the staff and patients of St Michaels in ensuring that Dún Laoghaire retains the existing facility. Moreover we want to see the extension of existing services to ensure that local people have the first class medical services they need, including the return of 24 hour accident and emergency services." ENDS