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Cavan Hospital service curtailment caused by cuts – Ó Caoláin

12 October, 2010 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has described the curtailment of services in Cavan General Hospital as the result of the Government’s cutbacks – with worse to come.

He said:

“The slashing of services in Monaghan, Dundalk and Navan hospitals has put huge pressure on the already over-worked Cavan General Hospital and Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

“On top of these service cuts and the centralisation of services at Cavan and Drogheda we have the Government’s cuts in health spending and the ongoing embargo on recruitment in the health services.

“The cutbacks are making service curtailments such as those in Cavan more likely in the months ahead – with worse cuts to come on the December budget.

“Patients are suffering with the deferral of all elective cases and medical clinics at Cavan so far this week.

“In June we had the closure of the Emergency Department at Louth County Hospital in Dundalk and the removal of both the Rapid Response Vehicle and the Patient Transport Ambulance from Monaghan to Castleblayney. Thirteen surgical beds and a ward at Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan were recently closed.

“This is the reality of Fianna Fáil/Green Government health cutbacks, with the North East region being among the worst hit and least well placed to cope.” ENDS

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