Ó CAOLÁIN ATTACKS NEW HEALTH PLAN FOR NORTH-EAST

17 February 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A new service plan for health provision in the north-east has come under attack from Sinn Féin TD for Cavan/Monaghan Caoimhghin O Caolain.
According to the SF Health and Children Spokesperson, the HSE Regional Service Plan for Dublin and the North-East – due to be officially launched at a media briefing today, Thursday at the HSE offices in Kells – will attack public health services in Co Monaghan and the other areas within its remit, leading to massive cuts in the year ahead and the endangerment of lives.
 In a statement to The Northern Standard yesterday, Deputy O’Caolain said: “The plan reveals that this region will see 400 staff retiring at the end of February and that on top of this up to 561 more staff will ‘need to leave the service’ this year. That exodus of staff will be a devastating blow to health services across the board. And the plan states that these massive staff reductions will be needed ‘before any priority replacement staff are recruited’.
 “We are threatened with 100-bed closures in acute hospitals across the Region and …

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