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Kenny – false promises or severe lapse of memory?

11 July, 2011 - by Seán Crowe TD

Speaking at a protest at Tallaght Hospital today Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to honour his pre-election commitment to protect hospital services.

Deputy Crowe said:

“The Taoiseach Enda Kenny needs to honour his pre election pledge to the people and protect hospital services.

“Before the election the Government promised to protect hospital services. As we see from the Roscommon Hospital controversy it is clear that the Taoiseach was either making false promises or is suffering from a severe lapse of memory.

“Health Minister James Reilly also gave a commitment in writing at that time and the two local Fine Gael TDs also gave similar assurances to the electorate.

“The priority now has to be that the needs of the people served by this hospital be met and their Accident and Emergency service kept open.

“The axing of Roscommon and the withdrawal of vital resources and supports in other Accident & Emergency is motivated primarily by budgetary considerations and has nothing to with patient safety.

“Like the rest of the Fine Gael/Labour/IMF/ECB imposed health cuts, they need to be addressed urgently and reversed.”

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