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Further hospital bed closures cannot be tolerated – Ó Caoláin

4 April, 2011 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has responded to the revelation that Department of Health briefings to the Minister for Health James Reilly signal further public hospital bed closures.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

"Further closures of public hospital beds cannot be tolerated. Such closures would plunge our healthcare system into deeper crisis and put the lives of patients at risk.

“Health Minister James Reilly must not allow further beds to be closed. On the contrary he must bring forward a plan to reopen the hundreds of public hospital beds that are closed across the State."

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