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Beds cuts in Louth and Meath a scandal – Adams

28 August, 2012 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President and TD for Louth has described the decision of the HSE to close more than 50 beds and scale back services in the Louth Meath Hospital Group as “a scandal”.

Deputy Adams said:

“This decision is nothing short of a scandal and is an indictment of the Fine Gael/ Labour Government’s health policies.

“The closure of beds in Louth County Hospital in Dundalk and in the Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda will increase the pressure on patients and staff in hospitals which are already over-stretched and under- resourced.

“I have raised on numerous occasions with Minister Reilly, the Taoiseach and indeed directly with the Special Delivery Unit the need for further resources for hospitals in Louth and Meath to alleviate serious problems with Accident & Emergency overcrowding in the Lourdes in Drogheda. This decision to reduce services is simply unacceptable and represents a failure of Government.

“These closures are a direct result of the deep cuts in health introduced by Fine Gael and Labour in Budget 2012. These cuts combined with the reliance on agency staff as a result of the Government’s recruitment embargo has led to the current crisis.

“I have serious concerns that patient safety in the hospitals may be compromised due to the impact of these bed closures, staff reductions and ward closures and will be raising these concerns with Minister Reilly.”

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