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Sinn Féin call on public to support Save St. Lukes Campaign - McDonald

11 December, 2007

Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Mary Lou McDonald has today sent her solidarity to the Save St. Luke’s Campaign who are handing in a petition to Leinster House calling on the Health Minister to keep the hospital open and to upgrade and expand the hospital and its services.


The Dublin MEP said:


“This afternoon’s action precedes this Saturday’s protest march calling on the government to keep the Hospital open and to upgrade and expand the hospital and its services.


“St. Luke’s Hospital is a public hospital with an excellent reputation particularly for its delivery of cancer care services.


“There has been minimal consultation with the staff and patients on its proposed closure which is all the more aggravated by the Department of Health’s plan to move the hospitals services to St. James and Beaumont as part of the government’s co-location plans.  


“This government has had at their disposal resources undreamed of by any previous government. Yet they have presided over a failing, chaotic and inequitable health services. They have failed to meet the needs of the people at national, regional and local level. We now have a two-tier, disorganised, disjointed and ailing health service. And this Government’s main so-called solution is privatisation.


“I refute the misrepresentation by the Minister and the HSE chief when they claim that communities are opposed to centres of excellence. I have not heard anyone speaking in opposition to such centres. I have not heard anyone say that there should be centres of excellence for cancer at every hospital in the country.


“What has been said and rightly said is that existing cancer services cannot and must not be taken away in the absence of centres of excellence. That is what this Government and the HSE are trying to do. St Luke’s Hospital is evidence of this disastrous government policy. St Luke’s delivers key cancer care services and should be supported and facilitated by government in getting on with its work.” CRÍOCH




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