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Minister for Health must give assurance on patient safety – Adams

22 August, 2012 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President and TD for Louth Gerry Adams has called on the Minister for Health to give an assurance to the people of Louth and Meath that patient safety in the counties will not be compromised.

Teachta Adams was speaking following the publication of a leaked HSE document by Sinn Féin TD for Meath West Peadar Tóibín which revealed that up to 174 agency staff jobs could go from hospitals in Louth and Meath under proposals being drawn up by the HSE.

“The reality is that the loss of such a large amount of staff will compromise patient safety, lead to reductions in surgery, longer waiting lists and bed closures.

“Louth County Hospital in Dundalk and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda are clearly under-resourced at present. The loss of further resources would be disastrous.

“This is simply unacceptable from a Government that promised radical reform of the health services.

“These proposals should be scrapped immediately and the use of agency staff should be replaced by full time HSE staff. We need clarity from the Minister that patient safety will not be compromised rather than more management gobbledygook from the HSE.”

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