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Hospital cuts are devastating patient care – Ó Caoláin

17 June, 2009 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has described as “devastating” the growing effects of health cuts on patient care. He highlighted the case of Loughlinstown Hospital in Co. Dublin where over 20 patients are on trolleys and chairs in A&E awaiting beds.

He stated:

“Health cuts have resulted in the closure of the 22-bed St. Brigid’s Ward at Loughlinstown Hospital, Co. Dublin. This ward now lies idle while over recent days more than 20 people have been on trolleys and chairs awaiting beds in the hospital.

“I have been informed by my colleague Wicklow County Councillor John Brady that a constituent of his with a serious condition was waiting in A&E for five days in Loughlinstown from Friday last until Tuesday. No bed became available and he had to be discharged.

“This is but one example of the growing and devastating effects of health cuts on patient care. Wards and other services are being closed and this is likely to increase over the summer months with patients facing greatly reduced hospital services in the winter of 2009/2010.” ENDS

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