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“Coalition continues FF legacy of hospital service cuts” – Ó Caoláin

15 June, 2011 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Commenting on the confirmation that the HSE intends to proceed with the threatened closure of 24-hour A&E services at St. Colmcille’s Hospital in Loughlinstown, Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said:

“The closure of 24-hour A&E at St. Colmcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown will continue the Fianna Fáil legacy of cuts to hospital services.

“The loss of this service will leave another large swathe of the country without proper access to 24-hour A&E cover. People in Co. Wicklow, especially, will be badly hit by this further cutback to our already over-stretched public hospital services.

“Health Minister James Reilly has claimed to represent change in our health system and has ordered a review of all hospital services. Yet he is presiding over continuing cuts such as this. He should intervene to prevent this closure and similar cuts threatened at other hospitals across the State.”

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