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Downgrade of Waterford hospital “reckless and catastrophic”: Cullinane

5 November, 2012 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Fein senator, David Cullinane, has described as “reckless and catastrophic” plans to downgrade services at Waterford regional hospital.

He said the breakup of the Southeast Hospital Network will cost lives, see the wholesale destruction of services at the hospital and lead to a significant migration of jobs from the region.

Speaking today Senator Cullinane said:
“Plans to downgrade Waterford Regional Hospital are reckless and dangerous. It will affect patients from across the southeast. Vital services such as trauma, cancer care and cardiology will be decimated if not lost altogether.

“In such a scenario patients from Waterford and South Tipperary would have to travel to Cork and patients from Wexford and Kilkenny would have to travel to Dublin. This could cost lives as the critical intervention times for certain treatments may not be met.

“Any downgrading of the hospital will represent a black day for the Southeast. Hundreds of jobs will be lost and our regional hospital will become nothing more than a county hospital.

“I commend the establishment of an action group made up of hospital clinicians, consultants, trade unionists and business leaders. We need to fight tooth and nail to secure our services.”

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