Latest HSE Report adds insult to injury for Mallow - McLellan
Sinn Féin TD for Cork East, Sandra McLellan has called on the Government and HSE to reverse their decision to close the Accident and Emergency at Mallow General Hospital in light of the latest report indicating that Cork University Hospital has overspent its budget by €7m, up to the end of May, and may be forced to curtail services.
Speaking outside the Dáil today Deputy McLellan said:
“This latest report by the HSE confirms that Cork University Hospital is hugely overcrowded, under immense pressure, and struggling to manage ever-increasing demands in a very tough financial climate. Yet this Government's plan to 'improve' this situation was last week to ensure that even more patients would be redirected to CUH from Mallow General Hospital.
“This report, in the context of last weeks announcement adds further insult to injury for those 100,000 people in the catchment area of Mallow General Hospital, and for those who have campaigned for the retention of services there. Today the Taoiseach acknowledged that hospitals had overspent their budgets to tune of €120, up to the end of May, with CUH accounting for €7m due to "either incompetence or mismanagement". Yet his Government are determined to heap even more work on these already heaving hospitals. This report is further evidence, if needed, that the Government's decision to close the Accident and Emergency Department in Mallow from November of this year is wrong and must be reversed.”